A NDOLA magistrate Bubala Sikalunda has cautioned a 32-year-old man of Pamodzi township to stop swindling people out of their money but rather do something useful with his life.
Ms Sikalunda warned Robson Mumena that getting money from people under false pretenses could one day land him in trouble.
This is in a matter in which Mumena, unemployed, of house number 1996, Pamodzi, was charged with five counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The accused pleaded guilty to all the five counts but the complainants in the matter opted for an out-of-court settlement.
Magistrate Sikalunda warned the accused when the matter came up for facts last Thursday that: “Stop getting people’s money. Next time I will not be so lenient. You are an able bodied man who can find something tangible to do with your life.”
Particulars are that on dates unknown but between 20 February and March 15 this year, Mumena obtained K5,900 from five different people by falsely pretending that he would help them get drivers’ licences when in fact not.
Ms Sikalunda granted the application.
“The application to withdraw the matter from court is granted and the accused is hereby acquitted,” she said.