Luck ran out of a carpenter last month as he was trapped in the toilet, unable to escape with his stolen property after dismantling an ATM machine in a Bank located in Abuja.
A court sitting in Kado, Abuja yesterday (Tuesday), sentenced Jamilu Hassan, 27, to 16 months imprisonment for stealing N6.88 million from an ATM.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Simon Ibrahim, told the court that the convict walked into the First Bank branch at Rukkayat Plaza, Jabi by Conoil in Utako, Abuja, around 2 a.m. and dismantled the ATM on 21 September.
Ibrahim said that although the convict succeeded in switching off the CCTV and stealing the money, he was unable to move out of the banking hall.
The prosecutor told the court that Ojoh Godfrey of First Bank Rukkaya Plaza Branch, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station on 21 September.
He said that the offence contravened the provision of sections 287 and 347 of the Penal Code.
The Presiding Judge, Mr Ahmed Ado, in his judgment, sentenced the convict to four months imprisonment or an option of five thousand naira for the first charge.
He also sentenced Hassan to 12 months imprisonment without option of fine for the second charge.
The judge said he sentenced the convict accordingly because he pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of office-breaking and theft.
Hassan had earlier pleaded guilty to the two charges.
He told the court: “I used a friend’s phone to browse on Google in order to get the full information on how to open an ATM machine.
“I locked myself in the toilet because the security men sat down just by the entrance, I promise never to repeat it.”
Responding to the convict’s guilt plea, the prosecutor prayed the court to try the accused summarily under Section 157(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The section states that “if an accused admits that he has committed an offence of which he is accused, his admission shall be recorded.”
The section adds that this must “be as nearly as possible, in the words used by the accused and if he shows no sufficient cause why he should not be convicted, the court may convict him accordingly.’