The Kaputa Magistrate Court has sentenced a 20 year old man for 12 months imprisonment with hard labor for theft after ‘manipulating’ a gaming machine popularly known as Bonanza.
Before Magistrate Boyd Nyambe was Philemon of Chashele village in Kaputa who was charged with one count of theft for stealing one kwacha coins amounting to 1,964 from the gaming machine belonging to a Chinese company.
Facts of the matter is that the convict is believed to have pierced a hole in the one kwacha coins which he tied to a copper wire string and was inserting it in the gaming machine with the view to steal from it.It was through this way that the convict was able to steal money from the gaming machine until the day he got caught.
The prosecution witness produced video evidence of the man demonstrating at the police office station how he was stealing from the machine. And in passing judgement Magistrate Nyambe said the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the man stole money from the Bonaza using illegal means and therefore finds him guilty.
Magistrate Nyambe therefore sentenced Philemon Musangu to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for theft, the sentence which will run from the time he was arrested on August 10, 2018.The Magistrate said despite the offender pleading in court for lenience as he however decided to mete out a 12 months sentence to serve as a lesson against any would be offenders.
Meanwhile, Musangu’s co-accused John Chishimba, a barman who was jointly charged jointly, has been set free after the prosecution failed to convince the court that the duo were working together to commit the offence. Musangu had alleged at the time of his arrest that he was working with Chishimba who opened the bar and closed him in so that he could steal from the Bonaza the time he was caught.
Magistrate Nyambe said the fact that other people who found Musangu stealing had entered the bar without actually opening it but through the grill door was an indication that the bar had loose security.The Magistrate said this therefore means that it was also possible for Musangu to have entered the bar using the same grill door and without been opened for locked inside.