Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000
A 25-year-old man of Lufwanyama has been sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing three cows valued at K50, 000.
Brian Ernest Nkandu was initially charged with stock theft contrary to section 275 chapter 87 of the penal code of the laws of Zambia.
Facts are that on dates unknown but between 1st to 31st June 2017, in Lufwanyama on the Copperbelt, Nkandu stole three cows valued at K50, 000, the property of Mukaza Muchika.
According to facts, in June last year, Mr. Muchika discovered that three cows were missing from Lamba plantation where he had taken them for grazing and later reported the matter to Kalulushi police.
In July, Mr. Muchika received news from an informant that he had bought three cows resembling his and he later identified the already slaughtered cow. The accused was later apprehended and pleaded guilty to the offences.
In his mitigation Nkandu said he was a first offender and married with five children and pleaded with the court for leniency.
High Court Judge Mercy Makubalo sentenced Nkandu to five years imprisonment with hard labour effective from the date of arrest.