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Thieving Kalomo farmer jailed

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Choma
THE Choma Magistrate’s Court has slapped a one-and-half year jail term with hard labour on a 29-year-old peasant farmer of Kalomo for stealing a goat worth K150.
In this case, Coster Mwiinga of Chikanta was charged with stock theft.
Mwiinga on January 7 this year in Choma, stole a goat worth K150, the property of Clive Siamunyanga.
The matter came up before magistrate Mbololwa Mukela for judgement last Friday.
Evidence before the court is that on the fateful day between 03:00 hours and 04:00hours, Mr Siamunyanga was awaken by some noise in his kraal after his goats were agitated.
When he went to check why the goats were making noise, Mr Siamunyanga found Mwiinga walking away while carrying a goat on his shoulders.
Mr Siamunyanga gave chase and Mwiinga threw the goat down as he fled.
Mwiinga was later apprehended at a nearly field and taken to the village chairperson before he was handed over to Choma Central Police Station.
In his defence, Mwiinga claimed that he went to Mr Siamunyanga’s house to seek refuge from people who were chasing him while he was returning home from a house of mourning.
But the court described Mwiinga’s defence as a mere afterthought crafted to sway the court.
“The fact that you were found at someone’s house at that awkward hour is an offence in itself…your defence is unbelievable and I am satisfied that the prosecution proved the case against you beyond all reasonable doubt… I convict you accordingly,” Ms Mukela said.
In mitigation, Mwiinga asked the court to exercise leniency on him.
“I didn’t know that this case would come this far,” Mwiinga said.

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