PLATEAU: Jos Area Court Jails Man 8 Years For Swindling Woman

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An Area Court in Jos, the Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria, on Thursday sentenced one Hashim Yakubu, 28, to eight years imprisonment for swindling a salesgirl of three android phones valued N261,000.

The judge, Thomas Ajitise, sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to breach of trust and cheating, and begged the court for leniency.

Ajitise gave the convict an option of N500,000 fine or eight years imprisonment for breach of trust and cheating.

The judge also ordered the convict to pay N261,000 as compensation to the complainant.

According to NAN, earlier, the police prosecutor, Inspector Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported at the ‘A’ Division Police Station on January 8, 2023, by the complainant, Ms. Patricia Sati.

The complainant said that Yakubu, who claimed to be a lawyer, came to her shop in 2019 and collected three phones from her to resell and return the proceeds, but absconded to unknown destination.

The prosecutor further told the court that during police investigation the convict confessed to have committed the act.

Gokwat said that the offence contravened Plateau State Penal Code law.

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