The mechanic said the car owner had not paid for previous services.
Senior Magistrate Chinyere Nwechednwu granted the convict an option of N5, 000 fine.
The police prosecutor, Monday Akor, told the court that on December 7, one Niyi Olayemi of No 11, Casandra Crescent, off Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, reported the convict at the Maitama Police Station.
Mr. Akor said that Mr. Olayemi had given the convict the sum of N200, 000 to purchase some spare parts for the repair of his vehicle.
He added that instead of repairing the vehicle, the convict dishonestly converted the money to his personal use, adding that the offence a criminal breach of trust, which contravened Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
Mr. Orji, who pleaded guilty to the offence, told the court that Mr. Olayemi owed him some money, which he had failed to pay him.
“For the past three months, I have been repairing his car and he did not pay for that,” he said. “My wife fell sick and my house rent expired so I used the money he gave me to buy the spare parts to solve the problems on ground.”
Mr. Akor urged the court to try the accused summarily under Section 157(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
He also prayed the court to rely on Section 78 of the Penal Code to ensure that the convict paid a N200, 000 compensation to Mr. Olayemi.
The magistrate ordered the convict to pay N200, 000 as compensation to the complainant.
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