MULENGA MUSONDA writes
FOUR pairs of shoes, bottle of lotion, perfume and blankets all valued at K1, 086, have caused a afor six months with hard labour after he was convicted of burglary and theft.
This was in a matter where Jeff Zulu was appearing before Principal Resident Magistrate Exnobert Zulu for house breaking and theft.
Particulars of the offence are that on July 27, Zulu broke into the house of Evans Njamba and stole four pairs of shoes, two blankets, a bottle of lotion and perfume all valued at K1, 086.
The incident happened in Choma’s Shampande Township after the owners of the house left to attend Church service.
Zulu was apprehended by the complainant at Choma’s Makalanguzu Market where he was trying to sell the shoes at K10 a pair. When asked where he got the shoes, Zulu failed to give a satisfactory answer, prompting the owner to report the matter to Police.
Sergeant Kennedy Mwangala then launched investigations before formally charging and arresting Zulu for the offence.
When the matter came for Judgment, Magistrate Zulu found the accused guilty.
The accused failed to show proof that he was in transit from Solwezi to Livingstone at the time of his arrest.
And in mitigation, he claimed he was born with HIV and suffered from anemia and if sent to prison, where it was congested, he wouldn’t have access to food which helped boost blood production.
Despite being a first offender and pleading for lenience, the Court said it was aware about congestion prisons, but that it had a duty to make communities safe for people to live in.
Magistrate Zulu then jailed Jeff to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour.