A 23-year-old prostitute, Rosemary Ebikeme who resides in Abuja has been sentenced to 100 days in prison by Life Camp Senior magistrate’s court in Abuja for stealing a customer’s $3,200 estimated to be about N500,000.
While speaking to the court, the prosecutor, Ona Odigiri said that the complaint, Aleixandre Sachir of Tack Continental Estate, Life Camp had reported the matter to Life camp police station.
Odigiri stated that the complainant met the Miss Ebikeme in a cinema hall and took her to Waxride Hotel where she stole the $3,200 from the complainant on September 2 and eloped.
Odigiri said that when the convict came back to complain on September 4, she was apprehended and handed over to the police. The convict, however, pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court to temper justice with mercy.
She said: “Please have mercy on me; I am a student and I am only looking for money to pay my school fees. I stole the money to do business so that I will stop selling my body for money. Please forgive me. “I stole the money from him, even though he paid me N5,000 for my service, please have mercy in God’s name.”
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code Law.
However, the senior magistrate, Abdulahi Ilaleh, passed the sentence after the accused pleaded guilty to a one-count charge with an option of N5,000 fine.
Ilaleh admonished the convict to desist from such heinous crime, saying that the sentence would serve as a warning to others.