The Mwense Magistrates’ Court has sentenced two youths of Chief Kashiba’s area to two years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing 12 crates of Black Label beer valued at K1,796, from a motor vehicle belonging to Zambian Breweries. Appearing before Magistrate Fred Mwangala was John Mumbuluma, 19, and Humphrey Mwaba, 20, who were facing one count of theft of goods in transit contrary to the law.
On December 16, 2018, the duo, jointly and while acting together, allegedly stole 12 crates of Black Label beer from a freight liner vehicle registration number ACL 867, property of Zambian Breweries. When the matter came up for plea, the duo pleaded guilty to the charge and asked the court for leniency when passing judgment.
“Upon your own confession of the charge, I find you guilty and convict you accordingly,” Magistrate Mwangala said.
“I sentence you to two years imprisonment with hard labour and if you are not happy with the conviction, you can appeal to the Supreme Court within 14 days.”
Facts before the court are that on the fateful night around 22:00 hours, the driver of the vehicle, Paul Musonda, parked at Mwense lay-by to catch some rest as it was late for him to proceed to Kawambwa. Musonda narrated that after some time, he went round the vehicle to inspect the beer consignment when he discovered 12 crates of Black Label were missing and the crates were in possession of Mumbuluma and Mwaba.
The matter was later reported to the police where the two accused were charged and arrested.