By MUBANGA NONDO
TWO brothers have been sentenced to three years imprisonment each with hard labour by the Ndola Magistrateâ€™s Court for breaking into a backyard storeroom and stealing an assortment of goods valued at more than K5,000.
The two brothers are currently serving a four-year jail term after they were recently convicted by the same court for a similar offence.
Magistrate Eston Kafunyi on Tuesday convicted Roderick and Musenga Bwalya, 23 and 28 years respectively, after they pleaded guilty to breaking into a building and stealing the goods.
The court noted that the brothers were second offenders who were also serving prisoners and only word the case before the court would be considered.
The two convicts jointly charged with Jack Mukupa, 34, unemployed of house number 77 Mushili township in Ndola who pleaded not guilty.
The two brothers admitted that on April 24 this year in Ndola, jointly and whilst acting together with Mukupa, they broke into Ann Mwansaâ€™s storeroom and stole one deep freezer, a bicycle, a wheelbarrow, a shovel and 80 meters of plastic sheet.
Other items stolen were one box of tomatoes, a case of Alive drink, one 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast mealie meal, a metallic sink and a toilet cistern altogether valued at K5, 910.
In mitigation, the brothersÂ pleaded with the court for lenience stating that they would never commit similar offences in future and they had learnt not to be driven by peer pressure.
Acording to the facts of the case, Ms Mwansa went to bed and left her storeroom well secured. But when she woke up the following day, she discovered that the doors of her pantry were wide open and she reported the case to Kansenshi police station and investigations led to the arrest of the two brothers.
And trial in Mukupaâ€™s case was adjourned to September, 3.
By MUBANGA NONDO