Samson Mofya readily pleaded guilty to the charge of theft when he appeared before Lusaka magistrate Alice Walusiku and managed to get a four-month sentence because he is a first offender.
Court records show that Mofya stole the sausages on March 3 and hid them in his trousers, but was cornered by the security guard after
bypassing the tills.
The matter was reported to the police where he was charged and arrested for theft.
When the facts of the matter were read to him, he said that was true and pleaded guilty, after which magistrate Walusiku convicted him.
When passing sentence, magistrate Walusiku observed that the convict was a first offender who readily admitted the charge and did not waste the court’s time.
But she observed that since the cases of stealing from chain stores are on the increase, it is important to send a message to would be offenders.
The magistrate advised Mofya to stop going to stores when he has no money but stay home to avoid stealing.
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