THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has sentenced two mechanics to two-and-half years in prison with hard labour for stealing a starter-motor for a tractor.
This is in a case in which Mike Kazhilalal and Lisulo Munalula of unknown ages, but of house number DNB 1156 Dambwa North and DNB 119, in the same township, were charged with theft.
It is alleged that on May 13 this year, in Livingstone, the two, jointly, whilst acting together, stole one starter-motor, the property of Kennedy Musweu, valued at K4, 500.
Particulars state that the duo sold the property at K500 to Stephen Phiri of Mwandi residential area.
And in their defence, the duo elected to remain silent and also refused to call any witnesses.
In mitigation Kazhilalal said his siblings would suffer if he was sent to jail.
“I am asking for leniency because I am taking care of my siblings,” he said.
And Munalula asked for the court’s forgiveness for his actions.
“I am asking for forgiveness from the honourable court because I am the one that takes care of my mother,” he said.
Passing his verdict, Livingstone resident magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala said taking care of an aging mother is no justification to commit crime.
“You see, gentlemen, you should learn to work hard for the things that you want. You are youthful and able-bodied,” he counselled the convicts.