A Daura Road Upper Sharia Court in Kaduna on Monday sentenced two motorcycle thieves to six months imprisonment.
The convicts, Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, and Shuaibu Saliu, 21, of no fixed address had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and theft.
They begged the court to temper justice with mercy, promising to be of good conduct.
The judge, Alhaji Aminu Jumare, however, gave the convicts an option of N5,000 fine each.
Jumare said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others, and advised the convicts to desist from committing crime.
The prosecutor, Insp. Shehu Abdullahi, had told the court that Abdullahi Usman of Lokoja Road Rigasa Area of Kaduna lodged a complaint at Metro Area Command in Kaduna on April 8.
Abdullahi said while the complainant and his friend were coming back from the market, the convicts and four others now at large attacked them with cutlasses and dagger.
He said the convicts forced the complainant to surrender the motorcycle to them and rode off to an unknown destination until April 16 when Yusuf was arrested and the said motorcycle recovered.
The prosecutor said the offences were punishable under Sections 117, 141 and 232 of the Penal Code Laws of Kaduna State. (NAN)