A HABITUAL law breaker, aged 31, has gone in a third time, this time for 13 years with hard labour after he was convicted of burglary and theft by the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court.
This is in a case where Gift Mundia Munalula was charged with three counts of burglary and theft, and one count of unlawful wounding.
In the first count, it was alleged that on May 2 this year, Munalula broke into the house of Mukena Mbaita, in the Livingstone prisons camp, with the intention of stealing.
In the second count, he was accused of unlawfully wounding Mbaita, the owner of the house where he had gone to pilfer.
And in the third count, the now convict was charged with breaking into the house of Masialeta Ilunga and stole a television set valued at K2, 800 on the same day.
Still on the same date, Munalula in the fourth count, broke into the house of Likolo Namushi and stole a television set and remote control, altogether valued at K2, 800.
The court heard that the now convict committed the offences on the day he was released from prison after serving a 12-month jail term.
Livingstone Central Prisons officer, Richard Chanda said the convict was a second-term offender who committed the crime on the same day he was released from prison.
Mr Chanda said in April 2012, Munalula was jailed for three years for burglary and theft, and last September, was jailed for 12 months for theft.
In mitigation, Munalula blamed his criminal activities on peer pressure and the devil.
Munalula said he was sad that he was spending a lot of time in prison and was not able to look after his three children.
“I pray always that I should not get involved in crime, but I feel it’s the devil that tempts me,” he said.
Livingstone resident magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala said the convict has shown no signs of repentance and the court had no option but to send him back to jail because he was a danger to society.
Mr Chilingala said if the devil were to speak for himself, he would probably deny involvement in Munalula’s criminal activities.
“In the first count, you will serve four years imprisonment with hard labour; on the second count, 12 months imprisonment with hard labour; on the third, you will serve four years imprisonment with hard labour; and in the fourth count, you serve four years imprisonment with hard labour.
“You have a total of 13 years to spend in prison, however, you will stay in prison for four years as the sentence will run concurrently,” he said.