Fake pastors jailed

 

The Monze magistrate’s court has jailed two men who recently pretended to be Bishops from the Living Water Church International-Sesheke branch for obtaining goods by force pretenses.
Appearing before Magistrate Davis Chibwili was Lewis Chewe, 40 and Clifford Chisha 31, both of plot number 1044 Chawama compound and house number 10942/320 in Lusaka.
Magistrate Chibwili sentenced the duo to two and half years in prison with hard labour on three counts of obtaining goods by false pretence contrary to section 309 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws ofZambia.
Particulars of the offence in count one are that Lewis Chewe and Clifford Chisha on July 2,2011 in Monze, jointly and whilst acting together with intent to defraud, obtained building materials valued at about K6 million from Classic General Dealers by falsely pretending
that they will pay for them using a valid cheque when infact not.
In count two, particulars of the offence are that Lewis Chewe and Clifford Chisha on July 2,2011 jointly and whilst acting together with intent to defraud, obtained 100 by 50kg empty bags altogether valued at K2.4 million from Armed Adam by falsely pretending that they will
pay for them using a valid cheque when infact not.
And in count three, particulars of the offence are that Lewis Chewe and Clifford Chisha on July 9,2011 jointly and whilst acting together with intent to defraud, obtained 100 single blankets and 2 double blankets altogether valued at about K7.6 million from Armin Moomba by
falsely pretending that they will pay for them using a valid cheque when infact not.
When the matter came up for plea the two accused persons pleaded guilty.
In their mitigation, Lewis Chewe said that he was on Anti-Retroviro Therapy (ART) and both asked for the court’s leniency considering that they are married and bread winners in their families.
Passing Judgment, magistrate Chibwili said being first offenders, the two accused persons are entitled to some leniency but regretted that the offence committed has become prevalent in the district where crooks such as the accused are using the name of God in vain to disadvantage hard working members of the community.
Magistrate Chibwili said the courts will not look kindly on those who wish to behave in the manner that the accused did and sentenced them accordingly.
“In count one; both accused persons have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison with hard labour with effect from July 2, 2011.
In count two and three, Clifford Chisha has been sentenced to two and half years with hard labour with effect from July 2, 2011 and his sentences in count 1, 2 and 3 will run concurrently,” said Magistrate Chibwili.
Meanwhile, the court has discharged Lewis Chewe in counts 2 and 3 after state prosecutor Akamonwa withdrew the charges

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