A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has ordered a 21-year-old student, Innocent Destiny, who attempted to cheat male clients on WeChat by presenting himself as Kim Webber, to wash toilets for two months.
The court said Destiny should wash toilets at Mpape Motor Park in Abuja.
The court’s order comes as it considers non-custodial sentencing to decongest prisons.
Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya asked the prison officers to provide a register for the convict to sign in daily for the next 60 days, after which he would be free to go home.
She warned him to desist from committing crime and be of good behavior, adding that being young or poor is not a reason to become a criminal.
Earlier, the defence counsel, Holy Nuhu, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, saying the defendant is young and a first time offender with no criminal record.
Nuhu said his client is remorseful having understood the gravity of his offence.
“The defendant has repented and forfeited all the instruments he used to attempt cheating. I urge the court to temper justice with mercy and sentence the defendant with the terms of the plea bargain agreement,” he said.
The prosecuting counsel, Ijeabalum Diribe, told the court that Destiny and his defence counsel had entered and signed a plea bargain on June 22, 2021.
Diribe urged the court to sentence Destiny in line with the terms of the plea bargain, which according to her, states that upon conviction, the defendant should pay N100,000 fine or one month in prison.
She insisted that Destiny fraudulently induced male clients on WeChat, in order for them to part with their money.
The prosecuting counsel said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 322 of the Penal Code.