THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 29-year-old man to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour for house breaking and theft.
And the Chipata Magistrates’ Court has put an accountant from Eastern Water and Sewerage Company, who is charged with 29 counts of theft by public servant and money laundering on his defence.
Before principal resident magistrate Jennifer Bwalya was Chisomo Ngoma. Facts of the matter were that Ngoma on January 8, 2018 broke into the house of Terrence Ngosa and stole broiler chickens worth K360. Ngosa, who was the first prosecution witness, told the court that he kept the chickens in the house under lock and key.
He said on the material day, he found that the convict had already been apprehended and he had nine chickens in a sack. In his defence, Ngoma said he did not steal the chicken but that he just packed them in a sack after they escaped from the house where they were being kept, adding that he wanted to return them to the owner.
In mitigation, Ngoma said he was an orphan and appealed to the court to reduce the punishment. But magistrate Bwalya said she had put into consideration the mitigation and that the convict was the first offender. She said being an orphan at 29 years did not exclude Ngoma from being responsible in society.
Magistarte Bwalya said the sentence was effective the date of arrest. And magistrate Bwalya put Billings Mwale on his defence after finding him with a case to answer for theft.
Mwale is charged with 27 counts of theft by public servant and two counts of money laundering. The prosecution called 20 witnesses to prove its case. Mwale’s lawyer Ferd Jere told the court that his client would remain mute and would not call any witness in his defence. Both the defence and the prosecution indicated that they would not file any written submissions.
Magistrate Bwalya adjourned the matter to April 12, 2018 for judgment