Filling station manager denies theft

A FORMER station manager at Mount Meru filling station accused of stealing K19,000  from her employers yesterday pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Elizabeth Masunka, 27, of Lusaka’s Libala South, told Lusaka magistrates court that she did not steal the money and that the charges were not true.

It is alleged that Masunka on September, 20, 2014 stole K 19, 000, property of Mount Meru filling station without lawful authority.

The case was adjourned to October 14 for trial.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man of Chilanga’s Mapepe area was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a trampoline tent valued at K 8,000.

This is in a case in which Andrew Tembo is facing one count of theft of goods in transit. He admitted the charge.

Tembo told the court he was sorry for his actions and asked for leniency as a first offender.

Passing sentence, Magistrate Muntaga said she had noted Tembo’s mitigation but  that the offence of theft was on the increase and that discharging him  would not make him reform.

She said for Tembo to become a responsible member of society he deserved a custodial sentence.

She sentenced Tembo to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour effective from date of arrest.

The court heard  that Tembo on September 16, 2014, stole the  tent  from a Volvo truck in transit from Lusaka to Monze.