THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a teacher of Chawama to five months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a suit from Edgars Stores at Levy Business Park in Lusaka.
Tebby Chilekwa, 29, of unknown house number in Chawama, was facing one count of theft.
magistrate Kunda Tantameni sentenced Chilekwa to five months in jail after listening to his mitigation.
Chilekwa told the court that he is a teacher responsible for preparing students for examinations. He also said that he takes care of his parents in Mpika, who have requested for K5,000 to buy fertiliser.
It is alleged that Chilekwa on December 16, 2015, in Lusaka, stole a suit, a shirt and a necktie, altogether valued at K2,158, the property of Edgars Stores Company Limited.
Chilekwa readily admitted the charge to the magistrate but, in an apparent contradiction of his plea, claimed he had no intention of stealing the suit as he was only trying it on before he could purchase it.
However, according to a police report, Chilekwa was captured on CCTV trying to leave the store with the suit concealed under his clothes. He was told to pay for the suit, but said he did not have money.