A fish seller, identified as Mohammed Sani, has been sentenced to three months imprisonment by a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday , for buying fish worth N70,000 on credit, and refusing to pay.
The fish seller, who resides in Kado village, was convicted on a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The Judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N10, 000 fine.
Sadiq also ordered the convict to pay back the N70, 000 to the complainant and advised him to desist from committing crimes and be a truthful businessman.
He said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other offenders.
Sani, who pleaded guilty to the charges, begged the court to temper justice with mercy because he acted in ignorance and that he sold the fish on credit.
The prosecutor, Florence Auhioboh, had told the court that one Rabi Abdul reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on Aug. 26.
Auhioboh said the convict sometime in May, bought some fresh fish for N70,000 on credit from the complainant and promised to pay him, but reneged on his promise.
He said that the convict converted the money to his personal use, and all efforts made to recover the money proved abortive.
The prosecutor told the court that during police investigation, the convict confessed to the crime and begged for mercy.
He said that the offence was punishable under Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.