Mag­is­trate be­rates 45-year-old `or­phan’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

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.

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