A Lusaka juvenile has admitted to stealing a television set and other household goods, worth K4, 100, but pleaded for leniency from court to enable him continue with school.

The male juvenile told Magistrate Nsunge Chanda he broke into Mr. Simwiimba Muyayeta’s house in August and stole a television set and household good.

However, the boy said he knew he made a mistake by breaking the law but that he was willing to reform and return to school.

He said he had learned a lesson and would not commit the offense again.

Magistrate Chanda: Why should I forgive you?

Juvenile: Because I do not want to go to prison because the conditions there are bad, and it’s overcrowded.

Magistrate Chanda: If they turn the prison into a hotel, will you still continue stealing because it won’t be a bad place anymore.

Juvenile: No, because I will not steal again.

The juvenile’s mother pleaded with court to be lenient with her son and promised to take him back to school.

Earlier, Mr Muyayeta told court he received a telephone call from his neighbour while at work telling him that his house had been broken into.

He said he immediately left for home but later got another phone call that the juvenile was apprehended with the stolen items and taken to Kabanana Police Station.

The case was adjourned to Oct.10 for presentation of the social welfare report.

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