Two men jailed for 3 years for the theft of 50litres of Beer

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An unidentified youth drinks opaque beer

Two men of Livingstone’s Libuyu Compound almost caused a circus in the Livingstone Magistrate Court yesterday when they where sentenced to 18 month imprisonment with hard labour for stealing 50 litres of opaque beer among other items.The men were sentenced to 18 months imprisonment each in both counts of the crimes committed and the sentences to run concurrently.

Appearing before Magistrate Andrew Kasongo was Steven Tembo,25,and Smart Muleya,28 both of the same area who pleaded guilty to two counts
of burglary and theft contrary to Section 301(a)and Section 272 of the penal code.

Facts of the matter are that on October 11,2010 Tembo and Muleya while acting together broke in and stole goods worth K150,000 in the property
belonging to Silva Masese and on a later date within the same month committed a similar offence to Sharon Shilumbwa where they stole goods worth K670,000.

In the first count the offenders invaded House No 34,home to Businesswoman Silva Massese where they stole a wallet with money in it and 50 litres
of Chibuku beer which the lady had temporarily stored in the house.

The wallet without any money in it,together with three empty containers that had had beer in them,was recovered during Police patrol in Libuyu.

In the second count,the duo broke in the house of Sharon Shilumbwa within the same area in Linda compound and stole a 1 plate cooker,1 Voters Card and 1 NRC belonging to the complainant.

Before passing Judgement,Magistrate Kasongo asked the men what they have done to the beer that was in the container.

The men responded in unison that they drunk it.

In mitigation,Tembo asked the court to exercise leniency as he did not know what he was doing while Muleya said it was an act of the devil.

Magistrate Kasongo sentenced the men to 18 months imprisonment each in both counts and the sentences to run concurrently.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. If the bribed the magistrate with Chibuku the outcome could have been different.Am sure the magistrate angrily sentenced them because he did not have a litre of the spoils, that explains the concern on the gaba

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  2. then ka Chiluba who stole millions of Dollars is free and laughing and shopping at Woodlands spar ! 3 years for 50ltres of chibuku! Isn’t it more costly for the state and eventually the taxpayers to keep these guys for 3 years for just stealing “maize juice”? Surely there must be other punitive measures the court can take against them.

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  3. In Zambia is there such thing as being sentenced to community service working (or something like that)???? Because some crimes are somehow petty to be crowding the already crowded prisons. And if one is sentenced with hard labour, what hard labour do they do??? Somebody please help with these questions. Thanks

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  4. In Zambia,if u steal things of low value,u will be punished severly but if u still valuable things,u will be set free….yalikaba pa zed.

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  5. Mamamama, If these guys get 3 yrs for stealing 50 ltr of beer. I wonder how long the Chinese will get for shooting at the miners…3 days

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  6. agrre with # 5. but then that’s what you get by adhering to archaic systems and laws, refusing to move with the times. i can assure you we are still using the ols federation penal code

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  7. agree with # 5. but then that’s what you get by adhering to archaic systems and laws, refusing to move with the times. i can assure you we are still using the old fedulo penal code

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  8. “Two men of Livingstone’s Libuyu Compound almost caused a circus………

    Mr Reporter, you open your story sensationally but fail to substatiate it! What is the circus they almost caused? Poor writing

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  9. True # 13
    i was waiting to get to the circus part , nothing. where’s the circus.
    i think these men have been stealing in a number of houses, they just got caught this time..

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  10. Yaba Livingstone ….keeping chibuku in the house 4 commecial use?
    But you Guys you see 50L cost you 3yrs behind bars.
    Some minissters bale shuta abantu,even these foolish investers of RB theyr mistreating
    the workers in Zambia, not even the police can take action, kano ukukaka abaiba kashasu
    nokubepa ati ni chibuku ata….:d:d

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