Magistrate berates 45-year-old `orphan’
A Kitwe Magistrate has warned a 45-year-old man claiming to be an orphan, to take stock of his life and become a response citizen who should contribute to society in a positive manner.
This was after the accused claimed that he was an orphan even if he already has children, whom he was looking after. Resident Magistrate Malota Phiri issued the warning when he sentenced the Kitwe resident to nine months imprisonment with hard labour for criminal trespass. The magistrate however suspended the sentence for 12 months. Fred Ng’ombe was convicted for the subject offence committed on August 18, this year in Garnetone, but pleaded for lenience claiming he was an orphan. This infuriated the magistrate who warned that the accused could not claim to be an orphan at that age. Ng’ombe did trespassed at Green Field Farms where a security guard intercepted him. The court heard that the security guard spotted Ng’ombe on the farm and reported the matter to Garnetone police station. When the matter came up for written facts in one count of criminal trespassing, Mr Phiri also ordered Ng’ombe 20 days of community work to be performed at the Kitwe magistrate’s courts.