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2 neighbourhood watch members get suspended sentence for assault

By MUBANGA NONDO
THE Ndola Magistrate’s Court has slapped a one year suspended sentence on two members of the Kang’onga Neighbourhood Watch Group for assaulting a man over beer.
Magistrate Ben Akende on Tuesday jailed Samson Kalunga, 23, and Gabriel Chibuye, 19,  after they pleaded guilty to assault.
Mr Akende, however, suspended the sentence imposed on Kalunga and Chibuye for one year on condition that they do not commit a similar offence in that timeframe.
“Based on your own admission of the facts, I find you guilty of the charge and I convict you accordingly. I note that you are both first offenders who readily admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time. I sentence each of you to nine months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from today, August 12.
“I, however, suspend the sentence for one year within which each of you is expected not to commit any similar offence or you will be brought back here to serve the sentence,” Mr Akende said.
Kalunga and Chibuye on June 25 this year in Ndola assaulted Paul Kabuswe.
In mitigation, Kalunga asked the court to be lenient on him because he is a married man with a child while Chibuye submitted that he is an orphan and he looks after his siblings.
Facts before the court are that on the day in question around 17.00 hours, Mr Kabuswe was at a named night club when he had an argument with an unknown man over the beer he had bought.
The court heard that the man reported the argument he had with Mr Kabuswe to members of the neighborhood watch group about the argument he had with Mr Kabuswe and he returned in the company of Kalunga and Chibuye.
Kalunga and Kabuswe requested Mr Kabuswe to accompany them to the Police Post but he refused.
The two convicts assaulted Mr Kabuswe with an unknown objects. He sustained bruises on the right eye.
Mr Kabuswe reported the matter to Kang’onga Police Post and Kalunga and Kabuswe were apprehended.

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