Samfya, March 13, 2015, ZANIS — A Samfya Magistrate Court has convicted a 24 year old man to 27 months imprisonment with hard labour.
Before Magistrate Mambwe Kanunka was Chiluba Mpongwe of Kushi Village in Chief Nsamba’s chiefdom in Lunga District of Luapula Province who was charged on two counts.
In the first Mpongwe was convicted to 18 months for trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to section 6 of the narcotic drugs Act, Chapter 96 of the laws of Zambia.
And in the second count he was convicted to 9 months imprisonment for escaping from lawful custody contrary to section 119of the penal code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Mpongwe was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commissioner (DEC) Officers on 27th February, 2015 during an operation that took place in Samfya.
Facts were that Mpongwe on 26th February, 2015 in Samfya did traffic in psychotropic substances namely Marijuana (cannabis ) weighing 530 grams while on 1st March, 2015 he did escape from Samfya police custody by destroying the burglar bars to the widow of the cells.
The leaves were later taken to Samfya Police Station for investigations and the results confirmed that it was marijuana.
In mitigation Mpongwe pleaded for lenience saying he is the bread winner in the family and also taking care of his two young sisters.
In passing judgment, Magistrate Kanunka said her court was being lenient with the accused by sentencing him to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour for the first count and nine months for the second count to run concurrently when the offences in question carries the maximum of 25 years for the first offender.