A 22-year-old man of Katozi village in Nakonde district of Muchinga Province has been sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking in a building and stealing Grade Nine examination papers.
Appearing before Magistrate Bathromew Kaongo on Friday for judgement was Edward Mwale, a student of a named school.
Particulars of the offence were that between November 8 and 9, 2015, Mwale did break and enter a building namely Chitamba Basic School head teacher’s office and stole therein Grade Nine examination papers, property of the Examinations Council Zambia, contrary to Section 303 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
In Mitigation, Mwale said he was a student and that if sent to prison his future would be doomed.
However, Resident Magistrate Kaongo said he had heard what Mwale had said in mitigation and he also considered the fact that he was a first offender.
Magistrate Kaongo said the subject offence Mwale had committed was a serious one and attracted a maximum sentence of seven years.
The Resident Magistrate observed that cases of such a nature were rampant in the education sector and it was cardinal that perpetrators are punished.
He therefore, sentenced Mwale to three years imprisonment with hard labour to deter other would-be offenders.