THE Livingstone Magistrate court has convicted two farmers of Kazungula district for stealing a goat.
Appearing before Magistrate Adsen Shanduba was Justine Simansumu, 30 and Justine Mutema, 32 facing one count of stock theft contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on September 17, this year in Kazungula, the duo jointly and whilst acting together stole a goat valued at K400, the property of Hillary Paasi.
Presenting facts before court, public prosecutor Mutinta Chimbwali said on the fateful day, the complainant discovered that a black and white coloured goat was missing.
Ms Chimbwali explained in court that the complainant decided to search for the goat but before he started off, a neighborhood watch officer came to him and told him to accompany him to his home to identify the goat which was slaughtered by the two accused.
“Mr Paasi identified the goat as his, and took the two accused to Livingstone central police station to report the matter,” she said
The duo were interrogated in relation to the alleged offence, charged, arrested for the subject offence and matter taken before court.
In mitigation, the duo asked the court to exercise lenience on them.
Passing sentence, Mr Shanduba said stealing is bad and that stock theft had become a rampant offence.
He sentenced Siamasumo to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour and Mutema to two years imprisonment with hard labour.