—The Luanshya magistrate court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing assorted groceries valued at K954.
Appearing before Luanshya Principal Resident Magistrate, Dominic Makalichi, was Shula Mubanga of house number 627 Kapupulu Township in Luanshya.
Mubanga who readily pleaded guilty to the charge, was accused of breaking into a building and committing a felony therein.
Facts before the court were that the Mubanga, jointly and whilst acting together with Samson Lungu on September 18, 2014, in Luanshya district of the Copperbelt province in Zambia, did break into a grocery store belonging to Jackson Chona and stole various items valued at K954.
In mitigation, Mubanga pleaded with court to exercise lenience on him, saying he was a first offender and was pushed into the act by lack of employment.
He further said he intended to go back to school and complete his education, thereby sending him to prison would impede his academic ambitions.
In passing judgment, magistrate Makalichi noted sadly that it was unfortunate for a strong and able-bodied young man to engage in such vices when he could instead engage himself in constructive activities.
He observed that it was unfortunate that a person would casually decide to destroy and obtain without permission efforts that other people had toiled for in hard work.
The magistrate said sending Mubanga to prison would teach him a lesson and help him reflect on his actions and also discourage would-be offenders.
But his co accused, Samson Lungu, pleaded not guilty in the matter and his case was adjourned to October 15 for commencement of trail.