THE Chipata High Court on Friday sentenced a Vubwi resident to ten years imprisonment with hard labour for vandalism.
Before Lusaka judge Mwamba Chanda currently sitting in Chipata was Henry Phiri of Chaola area who was committed to the High Court for trial by
the Subordinate Court in Vubwi.
Phiri pleaded guilty to one count of vandalism contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
It was heard that On December 2, 2016 around 20:00 hours, Phiri,who was in the company of two others, went to Mchima Bridge to cut some culverts which they wanted to carry on his bicycle.
The trio started removing the culverts around 23:00 hours but they ran away after members of the community found them.
By the time they were found, the three who left the bicycle had already removed a culvert worth K20 000 belonging to the government of the Republic of Zambia.
However, Phiri was apprehended by members of the community when he went back to claim his bicycle.
In mitigation, senior Legal Aid counsel John Phiri said the convict was the first offender who readily pleaded guilty to the charge without wasting the court’s time. The defence counsel said the convict’s move to plead guilty was a sign of remorse and contrition.
And Judge Chanda said she took note of what was said in mitigation.
She said that the court was of the view that there was no need to sentence him to over or above the mandatory sentence and handed him 10 years.
Judge Chanda said the sentence was effective the day of arrest.