NDOLA magistrate Eston Kafunyi has sentenced a 24-year-old man of Old Mushili to six months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a hair blower valued at K200.
Mr Kafunyi convicted Leokangi Simuntala of house number 0294, in Old Mushili after he pleaded guilty to theft, and affirmed to the facts before court as being correct.
“On your own plea of guilty, I find you guilty as charged and I accordingly convict you. I, however, note that you are a first offender who readily pleaded to the charge without wasting the court’s time, hence you deserve the court’s lenience,” Mr Kafunyi said on Monday.
Particulars are that on August 3, this year, in Ndola, Simuntala stole a hair blower valued at K200 belonging to Christine Mwape.
Facts read in court by public prosecutor, Machila Mweene, were that on the day in question, around 17.00 hours, Ms Mwape was at Misawa bar within Mushili where she runs a salon when she saw Simuntala pull the cable to the blower through the window.
He managed to get away with the blower.
The court heard that Ms Mwape screamed for help and her workers gave chase, and managed to apprehend the accused and recover the device.
Simuntala was taken to Mushili police post where he admitted having stolen the hair blower.
In mitigation, Simuntala pleaded with the court to be lenient on him as he was remorseful for his actions and was now a reformed person.
“In passing the sentence, I have heard what accused has said in mitigation, more so that he is a first offender who readily pleaded guilty to the charge without wasting the court’s time. I hereby sentence accused to six months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the date of arrest,” Mr Kafunyi said.