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Spoon, plate thief imprisoned

NDOLA magistrate Ben Akende has sentenced a 20-year-old man of Chipulukusu township in Ndola to four months imprisonment with hard labour for entering a house and stealing kitchen utensils and five kilogrammes of groundnuts worth over K200.
Mr Akende on Wednesday convicted Joseph Tembo of house number M15 after he pleaded guilty to one count of entry and theft.
“Based on your own admission of the facts as being correct, I find you guilty as charged and I convict accordingly.
“I, hereby, sentence you to four months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the date you were arrested and taken into custody,’” Mr Akende said.
Tembo on February 6 this year in Ndola, stole three pots, one basin and five kilogrammes of groundnuts altogether worth K207 from Bright Kunda’s house.
In mitigation, Tembo pleaded with the court to exercise leniency on him because he is unwell.
Facts before court were that on the fateful night around 21:00 hours, Mr Kunda was in his bedroom when he was disturbed by some noise in the kitchen.
Mr Kunda went to check what was happening in the kitchen and found Tembo.
The court heard that Tembo ran away when he discovered that Mr Kunda had seen him.
Mr Kunda gave chase and apprehended Tembo with the help of some people.
Tembo was taken to Chipulukusu Police Post where he admitted entering Mr Kunda’s house and stealing the property.

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