Christopher Shula was sent to jail by magistrate Felix Kaoma after being convicted of theft.
Shula is said to have stolen the second hand clothes, commonly known as Salaula, belonging to Stella Manyinza of Libala.
During trial, Manyinza told the court that in January this year, she came back from South Africa where she had gone to order bales of clothes.
Manyinza explained that on arrival at Intercity Bus Terminus, she hired a canter to ferry her bales of clothes from the station to her shop in Kamwala market.
She explained that after the vehicle was loaded, Shula offered to carry the goods on his wheelbarrow.
The business lady told the court that in the process of withdrawing money to pay the canter driver, she discovered that the wheelbarrow pusher had vanished with her merchandise.
“Your honor, I fainted when I was told that Shula had fled with my goods. I searched for him but I did not find him. He was later apprehended after he sold some of the stolen goods to a client who later alerted me,” the complainant said
In his judgment, magistrate Kaoma found Shula guilty of the offence of theft.
Magistrate Kaoma found that the prosecution had proved its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced him to 46 months with hard labour effective the date of arrest.