A Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja, Thursday, sentenced a 28-year-old man, Kingsley Natty, to three strokes of cane for selling employer’s puppy.
The Upper Area court judge, Umar Kagarko, warned the convict to desist from such act.
He said he gave the light sentence because the convict pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.
Natty of Zone ‘C’ Uncompleted Market, Apo, had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The Prosecutor, Mr Donatus Abah, told the court that Okoye Franklin of Harmony Estate, Wumba village, reported the matter at Apo Police Station on September 6.
He said the complainant had sometime in 2015 entrusted his three dogs to the convict to rear with a monthly payment of N5,000.
The prosecutor told the court that one of the dogs delivered three puppies and one of the puppies died.
He said that the convict hid one of the puppies, pretending that the dog delivered only two.
“He was later caught selling one of the puppies”, Abah said.
The prosecutor said that during police investigation he admitted committing the crime, which contravened sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.