A 23-YEAR-OLD Kitwe resident Daniel Chanda Chileshe of Wusakile Township who last week broke into Shoprite to eat because of hunger has been handed a three-month jail term with hard labour.
On July 14, 2017, police apprehended Chileshe who broke into Shoprite on Matuka Avenue.
Chileshe entered the building through a glass door which he broke using a stone and went straight to the dairy shelves where he got a two-litre container of milk, one Twist drink and one yogurt which he drunk whilst in the store at around 22:30 hours.
He was later found drinking the said items by Kitwe Shoprite manager Moses Chilwa, who was informed of the incident by G4 Security Guards manning the store.
Chileshe told police officers that he was hungry and had not eaten for days. Chilwa formally reported the matter to Kitwe Central police.
Chileshe was later charged with breaking into a building and committing a felony therein contrary to the Laws of Zambia. The goods which Chileshe stole were valued at K59, the property of Shoprite Checkers.
Appearing before magistrate Wanga Simponsya for plea, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Simponsya said upon the accused’s own admission of the offence, she had found him guilty and was convicting him accordingly and put him on his mitigation.
In his mitigation, Chileshe told the court that he stole because he was hungry and that his parents often got paid late from their workplaces.
Magistrate Simponsya said she had taken into consideration that Chileshe was a first offender who deserved the court’s leniency but was sentencing him to three months with hard labour.
“I have heard what you have said in mitigation and that you are a first offender but the items that you got were just too many so in exercising my leniency, I will give you a custodial sentence of three months. If you are not happy, you have a right to appeal within 14 days to a higher court,” said magistrate Simposya.