Bidem, who resides at Garki II, Abuja, was arraigned on a 1-count charge bordering on stealing.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Dalhatu Zannah, had told the court that one Mibiola Olajumoke of No 13, Matadi Street, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, reported the matter at Utako Police Station on February 19.
Zannah said that on February 16 at about 2:30p.m, Bidem, who was a boyfriend to the complainant, took her to a hotel at Wuse II to buy her food.
“Bidem dishonestly and smartly stole the complainant’s Techno CX phone worth N47,000,’’ the prosecutor said.
According to him, the convict sold the phone to an unknown person in Wuse market at the rate of N10,000.
The prosecutor told the court that all efforts to recover the stolen cell phone failed.
He said that during police investigation, Bidem confessed to have sold the phone for N10,000.
The convict was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to the offence and begged for leniency.
The Judge, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave him an option of N20,000 fine.
Sadiq ordered Bidem to pay N40,000 as compensation to the complainant.
He, however, warned him to desist from committing crime.