Chipata man jailed 5 years for theft
By Staff Reporter
The Chipata Magistrates Court has sentenced a 35-year-old man of Referendum Compound in Chipata to five years imprisonment with hard labour for theft.
Particulars of the offence are that Abitoni Phiri, stole a laptop, two video cameras, two memory cards, a USB cable and power pack from Zambia National Information Service reporter, Mutinta Mweemba.
The state called four witnesses to prove its case.
Senior resident Magistrate Boniface Mwala said the evidence presented before the court was well coordinated and that he was satisfied that the prosecution proved its case against the convict.
In mitigation, Phiri asked the court to exercise leniency as he has a family and taking care of school going children.
Magistrate Mwala said he had taken into account what was said in mitigation, but, however, said the offence Phiri committed was a nuisance in Chipata.
He said the convict stole the property used in disseminating information to the general public, stating that there is need to protect the general public from such offences.
The Magistrate said in order to deter would be offenders, he was sentencing Phiri to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour.
He advised the convict to appeal to the court of appeal if he was not satisfied with the judgment.
One of the family members to the convict could not hide her emotions as she cried openly following the judgment.