A Pankshin magistrate’s court in Plateau State, yesterday, sentenced one Lavwet Kelap, 40, to two years imprisonment for stealing a goat valued at N40,000.
The magistrate, Luther Caleb, in the alternative, ordered the convict to pay a fine of N5,000 and N33,000 as compensation to the owner of the goat.
The Police prosecutor, Hosea Selbut, told the court that the convict stole the goat belonging to his neighbour, Buler Nengwer, on May 29.
Selbut said the convict was arrested in a market in Mikang Local Government Area of the state, where he sold the goat for N20,000.
When the one-count charge was read to the Kelap, he pleaded guilty, and urged the magistrate to be lenient with him.
Kelap told the court that he was tempted to commit the offence due to his son’s ailment, who he claimed was on admission at Shendam General Hospital, Pankshin.