A 38-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour by the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court for sending a text message threatening a complainant with death.
Appearing before magistrate Adsen Shanduba was Shadreck Mulombwe charged with written murder threats.
It is alleged that on March 1, 2012 in Kazungula, knowing the contents thereof directly or indirectly, sent written threats that he would kill Catherine Motomola.
Facts before court were that the accused had killed animals belonging to Ms Motomola’s father.
Ms Motomola went to the police and reported the matter and the Mulombwe was taken to Kazungula Police Station for the offence.
The accused later sent a message to Ms Motomola in Lozi translated in English as: “You are the one accusing me of killing your father’s animals.
I will hire thieves to kill you. Even if I’m poor, I will find out if it’s you who accused me of stealing your father’s cattle.”
Ms Motomola did not know who the sender of the text message was but just reported the number to the police for sending her a message that was threatening her with murder.
The court heard that police officers tried to call the number but failed to go through because it was switched off at the time.
The matter was also reported to the neighbourhood watch committee and when they phoned the number, the accused responded and introduced himself to the caller.
Passing judgment, Mr Shanduba said the totality of the evidence was quite overwhelming against Mulombwe.
“I am satisfied the prosecution has proved the offence committed beyond all reasonable doubt, and I will sentence you accordingly,” he said.