The convict confessed to theft.
A Kubwa Upper Area Court in Abuja on Monday sentenced a bus conductor, Peter Madaki, 23, to two years in prison for an attempting to steal an Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) from a generator plant.
The presiding judge, Lawal Munir, sentenced Mr. Madaki after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of an attempt to commit an offence.
Mr. Munir, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N10, 000.
“In sentencing you, the court puts into consideration the plea of the convict because he is a first-time offender, who admitted committing the offence and did not waste the time of the court,” Mr. Munir said.
He warned the convict to stay away from crimes.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Danjuma Abdullhai, told the court that on November 25, Sani Adamu of Shafa filling station in Duste Danpma, Bwari Area Council lodged a report against the convict at the Duste-Alhaji Police Station.
He said Mr. Adamu reported that the convict, a bus conductor, and two others, Ezekiel Daniel and Baba Ijebu of Kaduna State, now at large, went to Shafa filling station and dug out the AVR from the generator plant.
The prosecutor said they also poisoned two security dogs to death using fish.
Mr. Abdullhai further told the court that the convict attempted to steal the AVR and that the timely arrival of the police patrol team made the accused to flee.
He said the convict was arrested and during interrogation, he confessed to the crime.
The offence contravened the provisions of Section 95 of the Panel Code.