Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 December 2012

Nigeria: Mechanic Uses Car Repairs' Money for House Rent

A 30-year-old mechanic Friday told an Abuja Magistrate Court that he used N200,000 given to him by a customer to repair a car to pay for his house rent and settle his wife's medical bills.

Chimezie Orji of Aso, Mararaba in Nasarawa State, was convicted for criminal breach of trust and cheating, which are contrary to Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

He told the court that the man, who gave him the money, equally owes him money for some repair works he did for him in the past three months.

The police prosecutor, Monday Akor, had told the court that on December 7, one Niyi Olayemi of Maitama, Abuja, reported at Maitama Police Station that he gave the accused N200,000 to purchase some spare parts for the repairs of his vehicle.

He said instead of the accused to honour the agreement, he dishonestly converted the money to his personal use.

Having listened to the accused person's confession and his mitigation plea, Magistrate Chinyere Nwechednwu sentenced him to three months imprisonment or to pay N5,000 as fine.

The magistrate also ordered the convict to pay N200,000 as compensation to the complainant being the money given to him to buy spare parts.

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