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Arsonist sentenced 10 years

MUBANGA NONDO, Ndola
THE Ndola High Court has sentenced a man of Bobo farm in Luanshya to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for setting his neighbour’s house on fire after a quarrel over a bicycle.
High Court judge Mubanga Kondolo last Thursday jailed Aubrey Shilingi, 37, for arson.
“I have heard the learned defence counsel’s mitigation. But this sentence carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, so my hands are tied on this one. I will, therefore, give you the minimum sentence,” Mr Justice Kondolo said.
He granted Shilingi leave to appeal to the Supreme Court within 14 days.
Shilingi on July 31, 2012 in Luanshya, unlawfully set fire to Mercy Tewo’s house and destroyed property worth K3,980.
In mitigation, Shilingi’s lawyer Jonas Zimba pleaded with the court to be lenient on his client because he is married, and has two children
During trial, Ms Tewo told the court that Shilingi had earlier in the day quarrelled with her two children over the use of a community bicycle.
Ms Tewo told the court that Shilingi allegedly threatened to kill her children with a machete.
Later that night while the family was seated in the house, they saw some smoke and discovered that their house was on fire.
Ms Tewo recalled that the following morning, the family   trailed Shilingi and the footsteps led them to his house.
She then reported the matter to the police.
In defence, Shilingi denied setting fire to Ms Tewo’s house and claimed that she had falsely implicated him because he refused to marry her sister-in-law.

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