Before magistrate Eusibio Kaoma was Elisha Masebo of Chibuluma Township of Kalulushi.
Masebo was sentenced yesterday in the Kalulushi magistrate court after being convicted of criminal trespassing contrary to section 306 of Chapter 87 of the Penal code of the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offense were that on May 6, this year the accused did trespass in Kagem Mine of Lufwanyama District without authority of the owner.
Masebo was apprehended by company securities who were on duty on the material day as he was suspected to be an illegal miner.
“You Elisha Masebo, on May 6 2016, you did trespass in the protected area of Kagem mine of Lufwanyama district with intent to steal.
“Therefore you committed a case of criminal trespassing as you were not allowed by the owner to pass in that premises,” Magistrate Kaoma said.
In mitigation Masebo said he was a Grade 12 pupil at a named school in Luanshya,so he pleaded for leniency, adding that he had even missed a lot since his case started.
But Mr Kaoma said the problem of criminal trespassing in the mine areas was too big, and instead of fine the would be offenders, he decided to start sending them to jail to deter others committing the same offense.