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High Court condemns harsh sentences

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
THE Livingstone High Court has reprimanded magistrate courts in Southern Province for overloading it with unnecessary appeals by slapping harsh sentences on first-time offenders with minor crimes.
The warning was made on Thursday during a case in which Joe Himanga, 24, of Monze is charged with theft.
On December 25, 2017 in Monze, Himanga stole a 40-kilogramme bag of maize worth K100 from a man only identified as Matimba of Monze.
Himanga was sentenced to four and half years imprisonment with hard labour but he appealed the verdict to the High Court for review of the sentence.

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