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Theft earns man 13-year imprisonment

THE Ndola Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 43-year-old man of Ndola to 13 and half years imprisonment with hard labour for theft of assorted items valued at K432, 000.

Magistrate Obbister Musukwa on Thursday convicted Joseph Mutale, a caretaker at Doors of Hope, after pleading guilty to two counts of theft by servant and one count of malicious damage.
Mutale was sentenced to six years imprisonment each in the first and second counts and 18 months in the third count and will serve the jail term concurrently.
“I understand and admit the charge, I stole the items with the intention of selling the items,” Mutale told the court.
Particulars in the first count one are that Mutale, on unknown dates but between June 4 and June 6 this year, stole an ultra-sound diagnostic machine, one blood transfusion machine, two scales, two baby-feeding instruments and a refrigerator all valued at K399, 000 from Doors of Hope.
In the second count, on June 8, this year, Mutale stole 16 Dell computer monitors, six computer keyboards and two drilling machines all valued at K33, 000 from Doors of Hope.
In the third count,Mutale on June 8,this year, damaged a window pane and drilled a hole in the wall of the storeroom.
“By your own admission, I find you guilty in all counts and convict you accordingly.These sentences will be served concurrently with effect from the date of your arrest,” magistrate Musukwa said.
And a police constable only identified as Busa told the court that the items were recovered after Mutale led the investigating team to where he had kept them.


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