Chingola cop gets six years for stealing AK-47

A POLICE officer has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for stealing an AK-47 assault rifle.

This is in a matter where Haggai Namauna 29, a police officer in Chingola was facing one count of theft of a firearm.

Particulars of the offence are that on dates unknown but between March 2019 and August 2019, Namauna stole the AK-47 assault rifle contrary to the laws of Zambia.

According to court documents, the rifle was valued at K105,995.

When the matter came up for judgment, Chingola magistrate Stephen Maona said the State had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and convicted Namauna accordingly.

“[The State] has proved that you had the intention of stealing and selling the gun. The fact that you removed the serial number of the gun shows that you had intentions of selling the gun,” said magistrate Maona. “This should serve as a warning to other officers who are in the habit of abusing their authority that the law will take its course. I therefore sentence you to six years imprisonment with hard labour.”

Court records further showed that Namauna is also facing a charge of abduction in another court before magistrate Shadrick Chanda.

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