A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced one Benjamin Ambi, to nine months imprisonment for attempting to escape from police custody.
The judge, Mr Inuwa Maiwada, however, gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine and warned him to be of good behaviour.
Ambi, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of criminal trespass, theft and escape from lawful custody and begged for leniency.
“Please sir, temper justice with mercy, times are hard, and no work in the country,” he pleaded.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Ijeoma Ukagha, had told the court that Bashir Shuwa of Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station, Abuja, on Oct. 19.
Ukagha said that on the same date, the convict formed common intention and criminally trespassed into Librexe Plaza Utako; stole one motor tyre, valued at N12, 000 from Daniel Onyeanu.
Ambi was caught and the tyre recovered.
The prosecutor said that during police investigation, while in detention, the convict attempted to escape from police custody and he was re-arrested.
Ukagha said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 378, 287 and 67 of the Penal Code.