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Livingstone court upholds drug trafficker’s sentence

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
THE Livingstone High Court has upheld a five-year jail sentence with hard labour slapped on an inmate for trafficking in marijuana in prison.
In this case, Elias Thebe of Livingstone appealed to the High Court against his conviction and sentence by the surbodinate court.
Thebe, on unknown dates last year in Livingstone, trafficked in 197 grammes of marijuana, a herbal product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
In his grounds of appeal, Thebe claimed that the sentence imposed on him was too harsh because he is a first offender who readily admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time.
In his judgment, High Court judge-in-charge Ernest Mukulwamutiyo said the offence Thebe committed shows that he can still commit other crimes in prison.
He said he had considered the arguments presented by Thebe in his grounds of appeal.