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Ndola man jailed 9 months for breaking into barbershop

NDOLA magistrate Ben Akende has sentenced a 23-year-old man of Chifubu township in Ndola to nine months imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into a barbershop and stealing property worth K500.
Mr Akende last Thursday convicted Lubasi Kamona of house number CH 4563 after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a building and committing a felony therein.
“Upon your own admission of the facts as being correct, I find you guilty of the offence and I hereby convict you accordingly. I, however, note that you are a first offender who readily admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time hence leniency will be granted to you accordingly.
“I sentence you to nine months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from November 11, the date on which you were arrested,” Mr Akende said.
He granted Kamona leave to appeal to the High Court within 14 days.
Kamona on October 23 this year in Ndola, broke into  Fredrick Musebo’s barbershop and stole four speakers, shovel, chisel and 10 posters altogether worth K500.
In mitigation, Kamona asked the court to be lenient on him because he is the breadwinner of the family.
He submitted that he is on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) and it will be difficult for him to access drugs when he is sent to prison
Facts before the court were that Mr Musebo was told by his landlord that Kamona had stolen some property from him.
The court heard that when Mr Musebo checked the barbershop, he discovered that some property was missing.
He reported the matter to Pamodzi Police Post and Kamona apprehended.
Kamona admitted stealing the property and he later led police to the recovery of some of it.