Two farmers jailed for theft and assault in Chinsali
Chinsali, 5th November, 2014, ZANIS…The Magistrate’s court in Chinsali District in Muchinga Province has sentenced two farmers of Choshi village to 18 and 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for theft and assault occasioning actual bodily harm respectively.
Appearing before Magistrate Shaderick Chanda was Lombe Kangwa, 20, charged with one count of theft contrary to section 272 of penal code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Facts before the court were that Kangwa on October 30, 2014 did steal two cell phones namely Nokia and Techno all valued at K430 the property of Mwamba Chilangwa.
Kangwa pleaded guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Chanda said the court had found Kangwa guilty upon his own admission of guilt and convicted him accordingly.
Magistrate Chanda said he had heard all what the convict had said in his mitigation but that thieves are a drawback to an individual and the nation and sentenced him to one year six months with hard labour.
In mitigation, Kangwa pleaded for maximum leniency from the court as he is a first offender.
In another matter, a 22- year- old peasant farmer of Choshi village has been sentenced to 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for assaulting a friend identified as Bwalya Gondwe of the same village.
Tomson Puta stood charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 248 of chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on October 30 this year the accused person did assault Bwalya Gondwe thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.
The court heard that Puta hit Gondwe on his right upper eye using a belt.
Magistrate Chanda sentenced Puta to two years imprisonment with hard labour.