An Uselu Mobile Court in Egor Local Government Area of Edo on Friday ordered five traders to serve community service by cutting grass at roadside as punishment for trading in an unauthorised place.
The court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Mutairu Oare, also ordered two drivers, who parked and carried unauthorized number of passages in their vehicles to pay N5, 000 each without option of fine.
Earlier, the state Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Isaac Kadiri, told the court that the traders and drivers, who were apprehended at the Ugbowo and Uselu axis of the state, pleaded guilty to the offences brought against them.
They prayed the court to summarily try and sentence them and were sentenced accordingly.
He directed the convicts to cut grasses at two entrances leading to the Government House via Reservation road, GRA in Benin for one hour for two days as community services as their punishment.
Oare held that the sentence was meted out in compliance with the State Government’s non-custodial regulation.
The chief magistrate, however, gave the convicted traders an option to pay fines ranging between N2, 000 and N4, 000 and ordered that the vehicles be impounded until the convicted drivers paid N5, 000 to N7, 000 fine.
He held that officers at the correctional centres should supervise the convicts to serve out their punishment if they failed to pay the prescribed fines.