Friday, November 18, 2011

Man Sent to Prison For Attempting Suicide!!!

It was a big surprise to me when I stumbled on this news that a mechanic bagged 60 days imprisonment for suicide attempt.This is how the news was reported:


An Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced a 31-year-old mechanic, Sunday Ogbu, to 60 days imprisonment for attempting to commit suicide.Senior Magistrate Abdullahi Ilaleh, who presided over the matter, sentenced the accused without an option of fine after he pleaded guilty. Ilelah said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others, who might have similar intentions, adding that the government was responsible for the safety of lives and property of its citizens.Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Simon, had told the court that on Nov. 14, at about 9.30 p.m, the accused drank a chemical Gammalin 20 voluntarily, after which he brought out a cutlass and saw blade to kill himself. Simon said the accused fell on the ground screaming and rolling after he had taken the gammalin 20, but was rushed to Gwarinpa Hospital where he was treated.

He told the court that the accused was being charged with an attempt to commit suicide contrary to section 231 of the Penal Code.

The accused pleaded guilty, and said that he was tired of the world because he had just lost his mother and could not locate his father.

“I just came back from my mother’s burial and I am still looking for my father. I am all alone in this world, that is why I got fed up and attempted to commit suicide,” he said.

In a related development, another Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court also yesterday sentenced an 18-year-old student, Umar Abdullahi, to one month’s imprisonment for the theft of two handsets.

The convict was sentenced without an option of fine after he pleaded guilty for the offence.

Police Prosecutor Silas Nanpan told the court that the crime was reported on Nov. 16, by Nsika Onueluwa and Edith Uche, all of Mararaba in Nassarawa State.

Nanpan said the convict, while at Nyanya Market dipped his hand into the bag of the complainants and stole two handsets from them.

He said each of the handset costs N10,000, adding that the convict was a perpetual pick pocket in Nyanya.

Nanpan said that the convict confessed to have committed the crime during investigation and the two handsets were recovered from him.

He said the offence contravened the provision of Section 288 of the Penal Code.

When the case came up for mention, the convict pleaded guilty and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Delivering judgement, Senior Magistrate Christopher Oba said he found the convict guilty of the charge brought against him.
Oba sentenced the convict to one month’s imprisonment without an option of fine.

He said it would serve as a lesson to him and a deterrent to others involved in such crime.

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