THE Kitwe High Court has sentenced a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national to five years imprisonment with hard labour for attempting to steal a vehicle he had hired as a taxi.
Judge Chilombo Phiri last Thursday, convicted Misheck Kashala, 42, of Chisenda area in the DRC for attempting to steal a vehicle using violence.
Particulars of the offence are that Kashala, on February 7, last year in Chililabombwe while acting together with unknown persons, attempted to steal a Toyota Corolla Sprinter valued at K27,500, and threatened the driver with violence.
In delivering judgment, Justice Phiri said she took note that the convict was a first offender who readily admitted the charge, thereby not wasting the court’s time.
“I sentence you to five years imprisonment with hard labour, and if you are not happy with what I have done, you can appeal to the high court within 14 days,” Justice Phiri said.
Facts before the court were that Kashala booked a taxi in Chililabombwe and asked the driver, Wisdom Lukama, to take him to Kakoso township to collect his merchandise.
Mr Lukama agreed and did as told, but was surprised that along the way, Kashala changed his plan and asked him to take him into the bush somewhere near the railway line where they found two other people.
The court heard that the complainant was ordered to drive the car after picking the two other men who sat in the back seat.
Along the way, Mr Lukama was attacked by the trio when he refused to surrender the car keys.
He further testified that he attempted to fight back and managed to injure Kashala on the eye and left him unconscious.
The other two attackers ran away on seeing their friend lying in the bush unconscious.
Mr Lukama rushed to the police and reported the matter.