Chinsali magistrate court cages two youths for theft
Chinsali, March 20, 2013, ZANIS — Chinsali Magistrate court has convicted and sentenced two suspects to nine months imprisonment each with hard labour for theft.
Before Magistrate Shedrick Chanda were Chola Tulwe and Sam Bwalya both of Makoba village in Senior Chief Nkula`s area in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province who were charged with one count of theft contrary to section 272 of the Penal code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence were that Tulwe and Bwalya on October 28 last year, jointly and whilst acting together did steal a 1x 50 kg bag of white maize amounting to KR60,00 a property of Robert Kaoma who is their grand-father.
Tulwe 22 and Bwalya 19 pleaded not guilty on the charge.
However key witness Mpundu Bwangu testified before the court that on the date unknown he saw Tulwe and Bwalya with the bag of maize suspected to have been stolen.
Bwangu said the duo were advised to take back the bag of maize to the owner but did not hid his advice.
The witness said the maize has not been recovered saying it would have been sold by the duo.
Tulwe and Bwalya had nothing to say in their mitigation.
Magistrate Chanda said despite the two accused persons having said nothing in their mitigation it was clear from the evidence before the court that the suspects did commit the offence.
Passing judgment, the magistrate said the conviction of the two accused persons was based on the statement made by Bwangu who saw the duo with a bag of maize.
Magistrate Chanda said there is no room for false implications in this matter in the sense that Bwangu a relative to the convicts presented facts before the honorable court.
He said he was sending the duo to jail for 9 months each with hard labour with effect from 28th October last year.