Appearing before High Court Judge Petronella Ngulube was Masautso Banda of Chenkwe village of Ching’ombe Community School in Chieftainess Nyanje’s area who was convicted with one count of aggravated robbery contrary to section 294(1) of the penal code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence were that on January 1st 2016, the convict whilst armed with an offensive weapon namely a machete did rob Davis Miti of his chicken valued at K25 and at or immediately before or immediately after the time of such robbery did use or threaten to use actual violence of the victim in order to obtain or retain the thing stolen or to prevent or overcome resistance to its being stolen or retained.
The court heard that the convict did steal the chicken of Miti , 20 of Kabenda village around 04:00 hours and at the same time he wounded the victim with a machete.
The court heard that the victim sustained a cut on the left hand and after that he managed to run away.
He was apprehended whilst holding a chicken which he had stolen from a chicken ran and taken to police where he was charged with the offence of aggravated robbery.
In mitigation, Banda said he was a first offender and begged the court to exercise maximum leniency on him.
Passing ruling, Ms Justice Ngulube said she heard what was in the mitigation but stated using a machete was an aggravated factor.
She then sentenced Banda to 18years imprisonment with hardlabour.