THE Kabwe Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 27-year-old man to six months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to obtaining K3,500 and a cow from two people on false pretences.
Brian Mukonde, was facing two counts of obtaining money and an animal on false pretence when he appeared before magistrate Kaizala Tembo.
“I will exercise my leniency on you. I sentence you to four months imprisonment with hard labour in the first count, and six months imprisonment with hard labour in the second count. And these sentences will run concurrently,” Mr Tembo said.
In the first count, Mukonde admitted that he obtained K1,000 cash from Prudence Chileka, pretending that he was going to deliver four bags of fertiliser between October 1 and 31, 2013.
And in the second count, Mukonde, on November 20, 2013 in Kabwe, fraudulently obtained one cow from Henry Sautu on the pretext that after selling the animal he would give him K2,500 cash, but he did not honour the promise.
In mitigation, Mukonde pleaded with the court for leniency, saying he did not know what came over him to obtain money on false pretences from two people.
Mr Tembo told the convict that he would exercise leniency because he was a first offender and that he pleaded guilty, thereby not wasting the court’s time.