A 44 year old man of Mazabuka has been convicted and sentenced to nine months imprisonment, for stealing seven pieces of imported chicken worth K12, 000 from his employer Ross Breeders.
Edmos Chilawu who was working as a security guard at Ross Breeders appeared before Mazabuka Magistrate Passmore Mweetwa, charged with theft by servant contrary to section 272 and 278 of the Laws of Zambia.
Facts before court were that on 19th July, 2022, around 22:00 hours at Ross Breeders, Perfect Chonde a security guard and his colleague were patrolling when they saw Chilawu riding a bicycle.
The two then hid, to observe what Chilawu was up to, and they saw him go into a bushy area and come back with a plastic bag, which he tied to the carrier of the bicycle and set to leave.
However, before reaching the gate, Chilawu hid the plastic bag alongside the wire fence and left. In his absence, Chonde and his colleague checked the bag and found seven pieces of chicken.
When Chilawu came back to pick the plastic bag, he was apprehended by his fellow security guards and management was informed about the incident.
The value of the chicken pieces is high, as the chickens are not local breeds but imported from the United Kingdom.
Chilawu pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by servant and was convicted upon his own admission.
In mitigation, he asked the court to forgive him adding that he would never steal again.
And in passing judgement, Magistrate Mweetwa said he had considered the mitigation and that Chilawu was a first offender who had not wasted the courts time by pleading guilty.
Magistrate Mweetwa said the court would exercise leniency but noted that, Chilawu had breached his employer’s trust by stealing.
He further said Chilawu’s former workmates would now be treated with suspicion by the employer because of his actions.
Magistrate Mweetwa sentenced Chilawu to nine months imprisonment adding that the period would be enough for him to reform.