House-breaker gets 12 years

Judge Mallet; Hammer
Judge Mallet; Hammer

THE Ndola Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 34-year-old man of Ndola’s Kabushi to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into four houses and stealing property worth K39, 000.
In this case, Alinani Sikapizye of house number 0913 was facing four counts of burglary and theft.
Ndola principal resident magistrate Obbister Musukwa, last Thursday convicted Sikapizye after he pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and theft.
“Based on your own admission of the offences, I find you guilty as charged and I accordingly convict you. I note that you are a first offender who readily admitted all the charges, but I am alive to the fact that your intentions of depriving people of their hard-earned property raise a lot of concern.
“I hereby sentence you to three years imprisonment with hard labour in each count. The sentences will run consecutively,” Mr Musukwa said.
He granted Sikapizye leave to appeal to the High Court within 14 days.
Sikapizye, between April 1 and April 13 this year in Ndola, broke into four houses belonging to Bevlos Milimo, Eli Phiri, Joydah Mwape and Suzen Ndovi and stole electrical appliances, which included television sets altogether worth K39,020.
In mitigation, Sikapizye pleaded with the court to exercise leniency on him because he is remorseful for his actions and promised never to commit similar offences.
Facts before court were that Sikapizye broke into four houses and stole goods.
The owners of the property reported the thefts to the police, who instituted investigations which led to Sikapizye’s arrest.
Sikapizye led police to the recovery of some property.