I stole to feed my pregnant girlfriend, man, tells court

21-YEAR-OLD man of Chaisa Compound in Lusaka has narrated in the Lusaka magistrate 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 he resorted to stealing so that he could have some money for food.
Lameck Mangani Banda appeared before magistrate Sanford Ngobola in a matter he is accused of stealing a bicycle valued at K1, 500 property of Mr Richard Mwila.
It is alleged that on September 7, at around 18:00 hours in Chaisa compound, Mr Mwila left his bicycle behind a certain house and went into a shop. When he came out, he discovered that the bicycle was missing and he immediately reported the matter to the police.
Meanwhile, Banda told the court that the reason why he stole the bicycle was he wanted to sell it so that he could buy food for his lover and mother.
“Am asking the court to have lenience on me, I will never do that again I have learnt my lesson.”
Magistrate Ngobola his plea and said to deter would-be offenders, he will sentence the accused to six months improvement with hard labour.

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