A CLEANER at Ndola Central Hospital (NCH) has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour by the Ndola Magistrate’s Court for forging his workmate’s national registration card (NRC), and acquiring goods in his name, on hire purchase from Aupie Agro Form.
Magistrate Emmanuel Malenga convicted Webby Chiluba, 29, of house number CHT 3077, in Ndola’s Chifubu, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and uttering false documents.
Particulars of the offence are that on May 19, this year in Ndola, Chiluba forged and uttered NRC number 23817/64/1.
“Based on your own admission of the offence, I find you guilty as charged and I accordingly convict you,” Mr Malenga said.
In his plea, Chiluba told Mr Malenga that he forged the NRC because he wanted to acquire a fridge and a plasma television set on hire purchase from a furniture store in Ndola.
Facts read in court by public prosecutor Innocent Kamunga were that Jackson Sashi, who is a mental health specialist at NCH, discovered on his pay advice slip that a furniture store had been deducting K740 monthly from his salary, and therefore followed up the matter with Aupie Agro Form.
Mr Sashi was shocked to learn that photocopies of his pay advice slip and NRC, were submitted to the firm. However, the documents bore the portrait of Chiluba, a cleaner at their hospital.
Mr Sashi reported the matter to police and Chiluba was arrested.
In mitigation, Chiluba begged the court for leniency, saying he was a married man with three children and a sole breadwinner of the family.
But Mr Malenga observed that the offence was quiet serious.
“I have heard your mitigation. But the offence you are charged with is very serious. You knew that forging and uttering someone’s documents was unlawful, but you went ahead and did so.
“But you being a first offender, I will exercise lenience on you. I hereby sentence you to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the date you were arrested,” he said.