38 Year Man Get Two yrs in Jail for Stealing a Goat

By Staff Reporter

A 38-year-old man of Chawama village in Lunte district in Northern province has been convicted for stock theft.

Luwingu district subordinate court magistrate David Simfukwe has since sentenced Gerald Mvula to two years imprisonment with hard labour.

Mvula 38, of Chawama village in chief Chitoshi was yesterday convicted for stealing a goat contrary contrary to Section 275 (1) (a) cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Facts before the court were that Mvula, on January 24, 2018 did steal a goat valued at K250, the property of Chitambe Tambe of the same village, which the former slaughtered with intent to sell the carcass.

In passing judgment, magistrate Simfukwe said cases of stock theft were on the increase in Luwingu and Lunte districts.

He said it was his duty as a magistrate to send wrong doers to prison in order to reduce cases of stock theft.

Magistrate Simfukwe noted that being a first offender and having admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time, the convict was entitled to lenience.

He however said the case of stock theft carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment with hard labour.

He therefore slapped Mvula with a two year sentence with hard labour with effect from January 26, 2018, the day the convict was arrested.

Meanwhile, the same court fined three fishmongers K400 each for unlawful possession of 66.5 kilogrammes (kg) of dried fish during the fish ban, contrary to fisheries Act section 18 cap 200 of the laws of Zambia.

The three fishmongers are Jonathan Chisala 33, Kennedy Mwaba 30, both of Kamanika village and Shaderick Chipepo 40, of Chikoyi village in chief Chipalo’s area in Luwingu district.

It is alleged that Mwaba had in his possession dry fish weighing 35.5 kgs while Chipepo had 10 kgs and Jonathan Chisala was found with 23kgs during the fish ban period without lawful authority or excuse.

The trio was apprehended by a joint operation mounted by Zambia police and officers from veterinary department along Luwingu-Nsombo road on January 29, 2018 around 23:00 hours.

Magistrate Simfukwe read the charge to the three and they all admitted it but appealed to the court to exercise lenience because they were bread winners of their families.

The magistrate said he was happy that the offenders did not waste the court’s time and fined them K400 each or in default three months simple imprisonment.