Chipata man jailed 5 years for theft

By Staff Reporter

A 22 year old man of Msekera area in Chipata district has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour for house breaking and theft.

Facts before the court were that on March 18, 2018, Steven Chintu did break into a house belonging to Francis Mumba, a police Officer and stole a police uniform, 2 smoke grenades, pressing iron, 1 truck suit top, pair of military boots and slippers all valued at K850.

When the matter came up for continued trial, Chintu who had earlier denied the charge asked the court to change plea to that of guilty.

He told the court that he wanted to change plea because he didn’t want to waste court’s time and that he was found in possession of the stolen items.

Chintu took fresh plea and admitted the charge and was convicted accordingly.

In mitigation, Chintu asked the court to exercise lenience when passing judgement as he was drunk when committing the offence.

In passing judgement, Magistrate Philip Mpundu said he had considered what the convict said in mitigation.

Magistrate Mpundu said stealing a police uniform was a serious offence and that Chintu was not remorseful for his actions.

He said Chintu deserved to be punished to serve as a deterrent.

Magistrate Mpundu then sentenced Chintu to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour effective today as his bail was revoked earlier for not abiding by bail conditions.