A Zuba Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday ordered that a 21-year-old labourer, Marvellous Faruna be given 12 strokes of the cane for stealing electrical materials.
The Judge, Gambo Garba, also sentenced Faruna who pleaded guilty to housebreaking and theft and begged the court for leniency to six months imprisonment.
Garba, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N10,000, and warned him to desist from committing crimes.
He stated that during police interrogation and investigation, the convict confessed to the crime and all effort made to recover the items from him failed.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened sections 97 354 and 288 of the Penal Code.