BY LUCY PHIRI
A 21-YEAR-OLD youth of Chaisa Compound in Lusaka has narrated to the Court how he stole a bicycle valued at K1,500 to feed his pregnant girlfriend and mother as he claimed he was the bread winner of the family.
He said he impregnated someone’s daughter and had nothing on him to give her for maintenance and hence resorting to stealing so that he could have some money for food.
Lameck Mangani Banda appeared in the Lusaka magistrate court before magistrate Sanford Ngobola in which he was accused of stealing a bicycle valued at K1, 500, property of Richard Mwila. It is alleged that on September 7, at around 18:00hours in Chaisa compound, Mwila left his bicycle behind a certain house and got into the shop. When coming out he discovered that the bicycle was missing and he immediately reported the matter to the police. The suspect was then apprehended.
Meanwhile, Banda told the court that the reason why he stole the bicycle was because he wanted to sell it so that he could buy food for his lover and his mother.
‘’I am asking the court to have leniency on me. I will never do that again. I have learnt my lesson,’’ he said.
The court heard his plea and sentenced him to six months imprisonment with hard labour.