THE Choma Magistrate’s Court has slapped a four-year jail term with hard labour on a 22-year-old shop worker of Choma for stealing K20,000 from his employer.
In this case, Excellent Lupiya, of Sianfuti village pleaded guilty to theft by servant.
It is alleged that on April 29, this year, in Choma, Lupiya, being a servant to Fines Malambo as a loader of merchandise in a shop, stole K20,000 cash, the property of his employer.
The matter came up for facts before chief resident magistrate Willie Sinyangwe on Friday.
And the facts are that on the material day, Lupiya in the company of Dennis Munachilau, an accountant, was sent to Barclays Bank Limited Choma branch by their employer to deposit K48,000 in the bank account of Bobby Simubali of Lusaka.
While the duo was at the bank, the accountant received a phone call from Mr Malambo (complainant) asking him to go back to the shop and collect K5,000 which he needed to deposit into an FNB account.
Mr Munachilau then left the K48, 000 with Lupiya and asked him to deposit it into Mr Simubali’s account.
The court heard that about 20 minutes after the bank transaction, Mr Malambo received a phone call from Mr Simubali asking him why he had only deposited K28, 000 instead of K48,000.
The matter was then reported to Choma Central Police station and investigations led to Lupiya’s apprehension.
Lupiya admitted having stolen K20,000 and led police to the recovery of K3, 000.
He was charged and arrested for the subject offence.
In mitigation, Lupiya asked the court not to send him to jail because his wife and two children would suffer
But Mr Sinyangwe said it was unfair for Lupiya to betray his employer’s trust.