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Chiluba’s son gets 8 months for cellphone theft

LUSAKA magistrate Nthandose Chabala has sentenced former second Republican president Frederick Chiluba’s son, Frederick Jr, to eight months imprisonment with hard labour after she convicted him of stealing a cellphone valued at K8,500.

Chiluba Jr stole a Samsung Edge S7 phone from Brenda Chisha on September 2, 2017 and traded it for drugs in notorious Chibolya compound. Delivering judgment yesterday, magistrate Chabala said she handed Chiluba Jr a custodial sentence in order to deter him and would be offenders from engaging in theft.

She said she was satisfied that there was enough evidence connecting Chiluba Jr to the theft of the phone and that the prosecution had proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt.

Magistrate Chabala said Chiluba Jr had intentions to permanently deprive Chisha of her phone because he moved it away from her with no intentions of returning it.

“I hereby sentence you to eight months with hard labour, the sentence takes effect today,” said magistrate Chabala.

Earlier, Chiluba Jr pleaded with the court to exercise leniency, saying he should be given a non-custodial sentence because he was a youth and that his offence did not attract a mandatory sentence.

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