THE Lusaka Magistrates court has ordered a Lusaka male juvenile, of 17 years, to receive counselling for stealing clothes worth K370 for three months.

Magistrate Nsunge Chanda ordered the boy to receive counseling at the Prison Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA).

This was when the matter came up for facts and social welfare report before magistrate Nsunge Chanda.

Facts before the court were that on August 19, Ms. Moyo hung her clothes to dry on the line and a few minutes later, the neighbour informed her that a boy was stealing them.

Ms. Moyo rushed out of her house and found the boy with the clothes in his hands.

The boy was taken to the police station in John Laing where he was questioned and admitted stealing the clothes.

The social welfare officer said the boy was an orphan and was raised by his grandparents.

The officer pleaded for leniency on behalf of the boy and asked the court to give him a second chance.

The boy asked the court for forgiveness and said he would not commit the offense again because prison was a bad place.

His grandmother said the boy committed the offense because of group influence and promised to strictly monitor him.

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