A Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Thursday discharged a pregnant woman, Mariam Abbas,20, docked for stealing a bottle of perfume due to her pregnancy.
Abbas was arraigned for stealing a bottle of perfume valued at N32,000, an offence she admitted committing and begged for mercy.
The magistrate, Emenisi Ebiwari discharged her after her plea of guilty and appeal to the court to temper justice with mercy.
She told the court that she committed the offence out of hunger.
Ebiwari admonished her to be of good conduct and desist from criminal activities, pointing out that the court would not be lenient if she appeared before it the next time.
The prosecutor, Adeniyi Oyeyemi, told the court that one Ejikeme Omeje reported the matter at the Wuse Zone 5 Police Station on Feb. 26.
The prosecutor said the woman on the same date, went to the complainant’s shop and stole the perfume, which was recovered from her during the police investigation.
Oyeyemi said the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code.