By MUBANGA NONDO
NDOLA Magistrate Eston Kafunyi has sentenced a 23-year-old man to three years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing an assortment of household goods worth over K11,000.
Mr Kafunyi convicted Rodrick Bwalya after he pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.
In passing the sentence, Mr Kafunyi observed that burglary was rampant in Ndola hence the need to impose stiffer punishment to deter would-be offenders.
â€œI have noted that a lot of people have lost their properties through burglary, therefore, the is need to impose stiffer punishment on perpetrators so that others can learn.
â€œHowever, I have taken your mitigation into consideration and I will exercise some leniency on you. I sentence you to 36 months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the date you were arrested. The sentence will run consecutively with the one that you are currently serving,â€ Mr Kafunyi said.
Bwalya if free to appeal to the High Court if he is not satisfied with the sentence.
In mitigation, Bwalya asked the court to be lenient on him as he is married with a child.
Bwalya is serving another four-year jail term following his recent conviction for the same offence by the Ndola Magistrateâ€™s Court.
Particulars of the offence are that onÂ June 31, this year,Â in Ndola, Bwalya jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown allegedly broke into the house of Tina Kasoka and got away withÂ a television set, home theatre system, a decoder and an assortment of clothes all valued at K11,199.
Kasoka told the court that when she woke up around 05.30 hours on the material day, she found the door to the kitchen wide open.
She told the court that she later discovered that some house hold goods were missing. She reported the matter at Kansenshi Police Station.
By MUBANGA NONDO