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Grade 11 Pupil sentenced to 5 years imprisonment

SERENJE resident magistrate Fidelisty Ngosa has sentenced a Grade 11 pupil of Justine Mukando Secondary School to five years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking 114 windowpanes valued at K7,000.
This is in a matter in which Oscar Simbeye, 21 was charged with one count of malicious damage to property contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Facts before the court where that on July 1, 2013 around 21:00 hours, the school’s head teacher, Teddy Simwanza, heard pupils chanting, ‘we want water!’ and when he went to address them, the pupils turned violent and started breaking the panes. The court further heard that Simwanza ran for his life and reported the matter to Serenje police.
And the prosecution noted that officers rushed to the school and upon seeing them, the pupils scampered into the bush. This prompted the officers to carry out investigations which led to the apprehension of Simbeya who was believed to be the ringleader.
And assessments carried out at the school by the officers from Buildings Department valued the damaged windowpanes at K7,000. In mitigation, Simbeya pleaded with the court to exercise leniency on him as he was a school-going child. And magistrate Ngosa said the court was aware that Simbeye was the first offender and deserved leniency, but said he should have thought twice before damaging the glass panes.
“I am sending you to jail for five years with effect from 29 July 2013. The sentence is subject to confirmation by the High Court,” magistrate Ngosa said.

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