A teacher who  admitted stealing a suit and a tie from Edgars has been jailed for five months with hard labour by a Lusaka Magistrates court.

Magistrate Kunda Tantameni told Teddy Chilekwa, 29, a teacher at Lubambe Primary School in Chingola that she would not use morality in her judgment, but rather address the matter as criminal. Ms Tantameni said although she was disappointed that a teacher was involved in the offence, she would not go the morality way. “I have taken into consideration that you are a first offender, I do not think I will be wrong to express my disappointment that you are actually a teacher, but I will not take the moral route.

“I therefore convict you theft contrary chapter 27 section 270 of the Penal Code and sentence you to five (05) months imprisonment with hard labour,” Magistrate Tatameni said.

In mitigation, Chilekwa told the court that as a teacher, he had the responsibility of securing some grade nines an examination centre failure to which they would not write examinations at the end of the year.

He also told the court that there was another bunch of pupils he claimed were a vulnerable group whom he opened a school for who would suffer without him.

Facts were that on December 16, 2015, Chilekwa was found wearing a suit, shirt and necktie valued at K2,18.85 after he walked out of Edgars, a South African clothing chain shop situated at Levy Mwanawasa shopping mall.

State prosecutor Boyd Mwala told the court that a shop attendant at the Edgar’s store, Cecilia Malambo told the court that Chilekwa was spotted walking around the shop wearing a blue suit suspected to have not been paid for, and that the security CCTV had also spotted him in the act of  theft.

He was cornered after he walked out of the store after which he was taken to Central Police Station where he was arrested. But Chilekwa told the Court that he only wore the items to see how he would look, which the Magistrate said was not possible that the store could arrest him just for fitting in the items.

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