Ndola pupil convicted over marijuana
Ndola, March 5, ZANIS ——Ndola magistrate court has sentenced a 19 year old man of Chifubu Township in Ndola to six (6) months imprisonment with hard labour for drug trafficking contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Appearing before Magistrate Linda Sikalunda was Ernest Mulenga 19, a grade nine pupil at an unnamed school in Ndola who was on February 24, 2013 arrested for trafficking in 880grammes of marijuana.
In mitigation, Mulenga said he was remorseful of his act and has learnt that there is nothing good that comes out of drugs.
After cross examination Magistrate Sikalunda said that she had taken into consideration that Mulenga is a first offender who was entitled to leniency but pointed out that drug trafficking is a serious offence.
She said every wrong act has a consequence and sentenced Mulenga to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour and told him that he had the right to appeal within 14 days.
In the same court, Magistrate Sikalunda convicted and fined a Congolese national after finding him guilty of forgery contrary to section 347 of cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Kalumbu Lungu was arrested by the Zambian Immigration Department for forging a Zambian National Registration Card through dubious means.
After cross examination and taking into account that Lungu was the first offender, Magistrate Sikalunda fined him a KR500 to pay within 14 days failure to which he will be imprisoned for 6 months with hard labour.