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Fish thief jailed 5 years

THE Chingola Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 32-year-old man to five years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing two bundles of fish worth K11,500 from a moving vehicle.
Magistrate Shadrek Chanda imposed a 60-month jail sentence on Stanley Mbunda of Malemba Basic School Teachers’ compound in Chiwempala after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
Particulars of the offence are that on July 8 this year in Chingola, Mbunda while acting together with others did steal goods from a moving truck worth K11,500 property of Joyce Muchimba.
The offence is contrary to section 276 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Facts before the court are that on the material day, the complainant bought fish from Lusaka and decided to transport it to Kasumbalesa border in Chililabombwe for re-sale.
The court heard that Muchimba hired a Mitsubishi Canter light truck which was being driven by Moses Mapulanga and that when he reached Solwezi turn-off at night, he discovered that some goods were missing from the light truck.
The matter was later reported to Chingola Central Police Station.
The following day, a police officer became suspicious when he saw a man selling dry fish. After interrogating him, he said he was sent by the accused.
Mbunda was arrested as he admitted the charge.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded for leniency and that he has four children.
In delivering Judgment, Mr Chanda said that such kind of offences should not go unpunished.
“I find you guilty and convict you accordingly. Despite you being a first offender and readily admitting the charge, lawbreakers should be punished. Even the Bible says the wages of sin is death. Many criminals who commit this crime go unpunished because they are not caught.
“I will stand for the large majority of people who have lost their goods on transit without knowing the offenders. I therefore sentence you to five years imprisonment with hard labour effective on the day of your arrest,” he said.
Mr Chanda said the convict has a right to appeal to the High Court within 14 days.

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