THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has sentenced two peasants to six months imprisonment each with hard labour for stealing three containers of Chibuku beer worth K40.
In this case, Brian Mutentwa, 28, and Jimmy Sichanje,35, both of Simukale village in Kazungula, charged with theft, contrary to the Laws of Zambia, appeared before magistrate Michael Mulalelo last Friday.
Particulars of the offence are that the duo, whilst acting together on June 12, this year, stole containers of the opaque, property of Musanza Breweries in Livingstone.
Facts before court indicate that on June 11, this year, around 18:00 hours, a security guard was deployed to look after the beer displayed at the Kabuyu showgrounds in Kazungula.
However around 18:00 hours the following day, the accused came to steal the three containers and ran away.
The security guard tried to chase them but failed and decided to report the matter to the vigilante.
An hour later, the two accused men returned and attempted to get some more beer.
The security guard gave chase and managed to apprehend one of the suspects. And in retaliation, the other suspect attacked and beat the security guard to rescue his friend. The court heard that the guard was rescued by a vigilante but the two escaped and were later cornered by members of the public.
The matter was reported to Livingstone Central Police Station by Musanza Milling manager Christopher Kasanda who valued the stolen beer at K40.
The police carried out investigations, interviewed the two accused persons and finally charged and arrested them.
In mitigation, Mutentwa asked for forgiveness, saying he did not know what he was doing.
“The devil used me, I will repent and start going to church,” he said
And Sichanje said he is an “orphan” and has six children of his own and no one would take care of them if he was jailed.
“I have stopped drinking beer because it has caused me this trouble,” he said
Passing judgment, Mr Mulalelo said people who move around in the night stealing deserve to go to prison.
“I will send you to prison for six months with hard labour,” he said.