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24-yr-old shoplifter jailed 6 months

NDOLA magistrate Chitundu Chongo has sentenced a 24-year-old man of Bulangililo township in Kitwe to six months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing 80 electrical sockets worth over K15,000 from Pick n Pay stores at Jacaranda shopping mall in Ndola.
Ms Chongo convicted Paul Maonde after the prosecution had proven its case against him beyond reasonable doubt.
Maonde, unemployed of house number 446 in Bulangililo in Kitwe,  had pleaded not guilty to theft.
“I have perused the evidence of the prosecution and I’m satisfied that they have proven a case of theft against the accused. I hereby find you guilty as charged and I accordingly convict you.
I sentence you to six months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the date you were arrested,” Ms Chongo said.
In mitigation, Maonde pleaded with the court for leniency, stating that he was remorseful for his actions and vowed never to repeat a similar offence.
Particulars of the offence were that on unknown dates but between August 13, 2013 and October 1, 2013 in Ndola, Maonde stole 80 electrical sockets valued at K15,997, from the supermarket chain store.
During trial, the court heard that the store recorded losses in the electrical appliances section and investigations were instituted firstly by viewing  activities of members of staff using the closed circuit television (CCTV) and no staff was found wanting.
The court heard that management then decided to review customers and it was discovered that Maonde had frequented the store and during his visits, he went straight to the electrical section and his actions were dubious.
The court heard that on the day in question, Maonde visited the store and he was apprehended and questioned in connection with the thefts of electrical sockets.
He was shown the clip on the CCTV but he denied stealing the items.
The court heard that Maonde was then taken to Masala police station where he admitted having repeatedly stolen the sockets and he later led police to an electrical hardware shop in Kitwe where he had been supplying the stolen items.
Police recovered 15 sockets which had the Pick n Pay bar codes on them.

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