VAR­SITY STU­DENT JAILED FOR SHOPLIFT­ING

…he stole en­er­giser bat­ter­ies from Sho­prite

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

A STU­DENT at Ru­sangu Univer­sity has been sen­tenced to 12 months im­pris­on­ment for steal­ing three packs of en­er­giser bat­ter­ies from Sho­prite Mukuba Mall in Kitwe.

Alex Mwansa, 25, of River­side told the court that his des­per­a­tion to write and sub­mit his as­sign­ments in time drove him to steal the bat­ter­ies so that he could raise money.

Mwansa, a stu­dent teacher at the univer­sity, was be­fore Se­nior Res­i­dent Mwansa Chibalo and read­ily ad­mit­ted the of­fence.

"I was des­per­ate be­cause I was be­hind time with my as­sign­ments so I thought that if I get the bat­ter­ies and sell them off I would raise K150 to quickly send my as­sign­ments," he said.

Par­tic­u­lars of the of­fence are that on Novem­ber 22, this year Mwansa stole three packs of En­er­giser Bat­ter­ies val­ued at K209.97 from Sho­prite Zam­bia.

On the fate­ful day, Pre­vi­ous Long­wani a se­cu­rity guard was pa­trolling when she no­ticed Mwansa get­ting the bat­ter­ies and putting them in his pock­ets.

He then headed for the exit with­out pay­ing, prompt­ing the guard to stop him.

The se­cu­rity guard then alerted man­age­ment about the in­ci­dent and the man­ager im­me­di­ately searched Mwansa.

The items were re­cov­ered from his pock­ets and he was taken to River­side po­lice sta­tion.

In mit­i­ga­tion, Mwansa pleaded for a pun­ish­ment that would not af­fect his ed­u­ca­tion, stat­ing that he had learned a hard les­son in the six days that he had been in po­lice cus­tody.

The magistrate how­ever sen­tenced Mwansa to 12 months im­pris­on­ment with hard labour ef­fec­tive, Novem­ber 22 this year.

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