Lusaka Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu sentenced Gift Phiri to 5 years simple imprisonment for stealing a 9-month old baby in Chawama.
Details of the offence are that on 1st October 2016, Gift did steal a baby from Charity Mwamba.
She stole the baby from the house after duping its maid when its mother had gone for work.
And in mitigation, Gift however shocked the court when she asked for leniency saying she is unable to conceive as she is barren.
Handing down the sentence, Magistrate Chitalu said the offence of stealing a child was grave and attracted a maximum of 14 years in prison.
Lusaka Chitalu has advised couples unable to conceive to consider adoption as there are law in place that protect them.