A Karmo Area Court in the FCT, on Wednesday discharged a 22-year-old man, Hamisu Haruna, charged with stealing a drug valued at N850.
Haruna who is a resident of Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II, Abuja, had pleaded guilty and begged the court to temper justice with mercy.
The defendant said “ I will ever steal again; I stole the drug because I had a big wound on my leg and had no money to buy drugs to treat it.
“My lord please forgive me and temper justice with mercy; I don’t know what lured me into this act, I will not do it again,’’ he pleaded.
The judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, discharged the defendant but warned him to be of good behaviour.
Sadiq said:“Having heard the plea of Haruna for mercy; the accused is hereby discharged, with a warning to desist from the act.”
The prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, had earlier told the court that one Abimyi Henry, a security guard attached to DBM Plaza Wuse II, reported the incident at Utako Police Station on Aug 6, 2017.
According to him, Haruna stole a sachet of Beecham Ampiculux capsule valued N850 from a pharmacy at the plaza around 2 p.m, and was immediately arrested.
Zannah said that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code. (NAN)