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Shoplifting lands Ndola woman in jail

MONICA KAYOMBO, Ndola
A 28-YEAR-old woman of Ndola has been sentenced to two-months imprisonment with simple labour by the Ndola Magistrate’s Court which found her guilty of shoplifting and stealing 14 electricity switches worth K649.60 from PicknPay Stores.
Appearing before magistrate Misozi Banda was Helen Chibuye of house number P129 Kabushi township in Ndola for the charge of theft, which is contrary to Section 272, Chapter 87 of the Penal Code of the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that on October 15 this year, Chibuye stole 14 electrical switches altogether valued at K649.60, the property of PicknPay Stores at Ndola’s Jacaranda Mall.
The facts read before magistrate Banda indicated that the accused, on the said date, visited PicknPay Stores and using underhand methods packed the electrical switches in a black bag which she came with.
The stores operator on duty saw her through the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera and alerted the guard at the entrance to watch out for her if she did not pay for items that she had packed in her black bag.
Chibuye attempted to sneak out with the 14 electricity switches but was apprehended by the guard.
Upon searching her, she was found with the items in her bag which she admitted she stole from PicknPay Stores.
The guard on duty, Given Zulu, immediately reported the matter to Masala Police Station where Chibuye was arrested and charged with theft.
The magistrate considered the fact that the accused pleaded guilty and did not waste the court’s time and gave her a two-month sentence with simple labour.