THE Ndola Magistrate’s Court has slapped a one year jail sentence with hard labour on a convict for escaping from Kansenshi State Prison.
Chola Mofya, 32, was serving a six-month jail term for burglary and theft at the time he escaped from lawful custody.
Magistrate Eston Kafunyi on Tuesday convicted Mofya after he pleaded guilty to escaping from prison.
Mofya told the court when he appeared for plea that he went home after receiving information in prison that his friend whom he had been keeping at his house, had married his wife.
Passing the sentence, Mr Kafunyi said he had considered Mofya’s mitigation and the fact that he was serving another jail sentence for burglary and theft.
“But I will only consider the offence that you are facing before me. I sentence you to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from November 18, 2014, the day on which you were arrested,” Mr Kafunyi said.
He granted Mofya leave to appeal to the High Court within 14 days.
Mofya on September 2 this year in Ndola, escaped from the lawful custody of sub-inspector Ngulube, a prison warder.
In mitigation, Mofya asked the court to be lenient on him because he is HIV-positive and on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART).
Facts before court were that on the fateful day around 13:30 hours, Mofya was among prisoners who were doing some manual work in the field
Mr Ngulube later noticed that Mofya had “vanished” and started looking for him.
He reported the matter to Kansenshi Police Station and investigations were instituted.
Mofya was apprehended on November 17 this year in Chipulukusu township in Ndola.
Zambia Daily Mail