A Chongwe magistrate has committed to the Lusaka High Court for sentencing two men of Chikwela village in the district for stealing two goats valued at K240, 000.
Magistrate Moses Phiri committed Gift Mumba 27 and Given Lupenga 26 to the High Court after convicting them of the offence of stock theft.
Magistrate Phiri told the duo that he was referring them to the high court for sentencing because stock theft attracts a minimum sentence of 5 years which his court can not give.
Facts before the court were that on December 15 last year the duo jointly stole two male goats belonging to a Mr. Bernard Kolala of the same village which were later recovered by Chongwe police.
Earlier, the same court slapped two 12 months sentences on the duo to run consecutively for two counts of burglary and theft with effect from December 16 last year when they were arrested.
The court established that on December 2 and 5 last year, the duo jointly broke into two taverns belonging to Ernest Tembo and Chrispin Njovu of Chikwela village.
From Tembo’s tavern, the duo stole an umbrella and a home theatre valued at K1.2 million while from Njovu’s tavern the duo stole 30 packets of Shake Shake beer and a refrigerator worth K1.4 million.
In mitigation the duo pleaded for lenience form the Court stressing that they have orphans to look after.
Magistrate Phiri, however, said he was sending them to jail because of the gravity of the offences they committed and to deter would-be offenders.