The Chief Magistrate said that the punishment would have been severe if he had not pleaded guilty.
A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday, ordered that 26-year-old Mubarak Shuaibu, should receive 10 strokes of the cane for stealing eight aluminium windows.
Shuaibu, a resident of Ali Akilu Road Kaduna, was convicted after he pleaded guilty to the charge of criminal trespass and stealing.
The Chief Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, gave the sentence after the defendant pleaded for leniency.
Emmanuel said that the punishment would have been severe if he had not pleaded guilty, adding that the guilty plea had saved the court the pains of long prosecution.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that the complainant, Usman Adamu, of Abakpa area in Kaduna, reported the matter at the Gabasawa Police Station on October 20.
Leo told the court that at about 9:30 pm, the convict criminally trespassed into the complainant’s building site and stole eight aluminum windows.
He said that the convict, who was apprehended and handed over to the police by a security guard, admitted to committing the crime.
The prosecutor added that during police investigations, the stolen aluminum windows were recovered from the convict
The prosecutor said the offences contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 217 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.