A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Monday, sentenced a 23-year-old man, Babatunde Adams to three months imprisonment for stealing an iron pillar.
The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine.
Sadiq advised the convict to desist from committing crimes, saying that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.
Adams, who resides at Akaraka village Gwagwa, Abuja, was convicted on one count charge of theft.
The convict, who pleaded guilty to the charge, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, adding that hunger made him to commit the crime.
The Police Prosecutor, Florence Avhioboh, had told the court that one Joel John of CCECC Company, at Idu Industrial Area, Abuja, reported the matter at the Karmo Police Station on Sept. 10.
Avhioboh said that the convict on that same date stole the iron pillar valued N100, 000, which was later recovered from him.
During the police investigation, he confessed to the crime and begged for mercy.
The prosecutor said that the offence was punishable under Section 288 of the Penal Code.