A 37-YEAR-OLD man of Kitwe has been sentenced to six months simple imprisonment for stealing cheese from Shoprite Checkers. Bwalya Chabu was charged with theft contrary to the Laws of Zambia. Allegations were that on May 16, 2018, in Kitwe, Chabu stole a two packs of cheese weighing 800 grammes each valued at K194 from Shoprite Checkers located at Mukuba mall.
Appearing before Kitwe principle resident magistrate Chongu Musonda, the accused pleaded guilty to the offence of theft. The accused person said he took the cheese alongside the bread he bought from the shop. He told the court that he did not pay for the cheese and that Shoprite checkers did not owe him any money.
“I went to buy bread, and I was tempted to get the cheese,” he said.
According to the statement of facts presented in court by the prosecutor, on May 16, 2018, in Kitwe, Kenny Chola, a security guard, from Shoprite checkers saw the accused leaving the till with an item that was not paid for. When coming out from the shop, the security guard stopped the accused who then ran away when he was asked about what he had hidden in his pockets.
Chola then gave chase and apprehended him in the car park and when searched, cheese was found in his pockets. The accused was later taken to Riverside Police Station where he was charged with the subject offence. Magistrate Musonda said upon the accused’s own admission of the facts being true and correct, she had found him guilty of the offence and was convicting him accordingly.
In mitigation, the accused begged for the court’s maximum leniency on him saying he was remorseful over what he did.
He said he had a pregnant wife and a three-year-old child, whom he was looking after.
Magistrate Musonda said the offence he committed carried a five-year jail term but sentenced him to six months imprisonment and if he was not happy with the sentence, he had a right to appeal in 14 days.