THE Lusaka Magistrates Court has sent to jail a Grade 8 pupil of Lusaka’s Kalingalinga township for stealing cash and three flash discs valued at K240.
Teddy Banda was convicted and jailed for four months with hard labour by Magistrate Kenneth Mulife for stealing from a shop at Kalingalinga market.
In mitigation, Banda asked Mr Mulife to forgive him because if sent to jail his education would be affected. The magistrate said he understood what the boy said in mitigation but that the offence was prevalent among youths.
Mr Mulife told the boy that he was sending him to prison so that he would not repeat the offence in the future.
He told the boy that if he knew that he was a schoolboy who was entitled to education, why did he steal.