A 23 year-old student has been sentenced to five-years with hard labour for stealing a motor vehicle valued at K50, 000.
Daniel Kamwi of Zambia Air Force Charity 3 in Livingstone was sent to jail after the prosecution proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt.
In sentencing Kamwi, Magistrate Twambo Musonda said she had heard the mitigation that the convict was first offender who was entitled to leniency and that he readily admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time.
However, Magistrate Musonda said the offence committed of motor vehicle theft attracted a minimum mandatory sentence of five years.
Magistrate Musonda said she agreed that Kamwi was a young man with a bright future but argued that this was the reason why he ought to have avoided engaging in crime. She said she had no choice but to impose the minimum mandatory sentence set by the law.
Magistrate Musonda ordered that the vehicle be returned to the owner according to the laws of Zambia. Kamwi was facing one count of theft contrary to section 272 of the laws of Zambia.
This happened on February 10 and 11,
Kamwi stole the Toyota Mark II valued at K50,000 belonging to Senza Kanyanga without any lawful authority.