By MUBANGA NONDO
THE Ndola Magistrateâ€™s Court has sentenced a 48-year-old man to six months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing insecticides and cigarettes from Quicksave supermarket in Ndola.
Magistrate Eston Kafunyi on Wednesday convicted Michael Mutengo, unemployed and of no fixed abode, after he pleaded guilty to theft.
Mr Kafunyi, however, suspended the sentence for 12 months.
Mutengo admitted stealing seven bottles of mosquito repellent, two packets of cigarettes and a sweet all valued at K153 from Quicksave Supermarket on Broadway in NdolaÂ on August 19 this year.
Mutengo told the court that he stole the mosquito repellent as he wanted to keep mosquitoes away from his servantsâ€™quarters adding that the cigarettes were for smoking.
Passing sentence, Mr Kafunyi noted that Mutengo was an able bodied man who could work to earn a living instead of stealing.
In mitigation, Mutengo asked the court not to send him to jail as he had two children to look after adding that he had learnt a bigger lesson during the time he has been in remand prison.
The facts were thatÂ on the material day around 13:00 hours, Mr Musiwa Wamundila, a security officer at Quicksave noticed the accused picking some items from the shelves and putting them in his pockets.
The court heard that Mr Wamundila secretly followed the accused who went past the paying point without paying for the items.
Mr Wamundila then alerted other people in the shop who followed the accused after he had made his way out of the shop and apprehended him.
The accused was then searched and the items were recovered from him and he was taken to Ndola Central Police station where he was arrested.
By MUBANGA NONDO