A magistrate sentenced a security guard who stole equipment from MUVI Television to a half-year in prison, despite his pleas to the court to spare him because he is the father of five children, whose welfare will be negatively impacted by his imprisonment.
Kambani Kapila, 42, needed to be punished, according to Lusaka magistrate Trevor Kasanda, to dissuade other would-be offenders from committing the main offense.
I condemn you to six years in jail with hard labor beginning on the day of your arrest in order to deter future offenders, Judge Kasanda ruled.
The Judge added that Kapila was prepared for his acts’ repercussions given how brazenly the offender broke into the television station’s bustling premises.
In this instance, Kapila was accused with breaking into a building with the intent to commit a felony along with Kabamba Mwape, Kelvin Kambila, and Shownlous Mwanza.
Between December 16 and December 17, 2013, the quartet is accused of breaking into the MUVI Television headquarters with the purpose to steal.
Five 22-inch Concord TVs, three Apple Mac laptops, one HP desktop computer, one CPU monitor, a keyboard, and one point-of-sale machine—all worth a combined K111,650—were stolen by the accused.
While the others pleaded not guilty, Kapila conceded the crime.
Former MUVI TV security guard Kapila, 42, described how he entered the premises through the main entrance that was left unlocked.
“I entered MUVI television using the gate which I found open. They don’t lock the main door,” Kapila said. Trial for the others who pleaded not guilty will start on February 8, 2022.