Woman baby thief jailed five years


A Lusaka woman who admitted stealing a nine months old baby because she was barren has been sent to five years imprisonment by the Lusaka Magistrates Court. Gift Phiri, 26, a business lady of Kuku compound was sent to jail by Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu after she was found guilty of the offence of child stealing contrary to section 171 of the laws of Zambia. In sentencing her Mr Chitalu told Phiri that he had taken into account her mitigation and that he had also taken into account that she was a first offender who readily admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time however the offence she was facing was very serious. He stated that in sending a message to would be offenders , he would send  her to five years simple imprisonment for  being the first offender as the offence of child stealing attracted a maximum sentence of 14 years. However, Mr Chitalu advised Phiri that it was ok for her to have followed the right legal process and adopt a baby than stealing a nine months old baby who needed the care and love of his biological mother. It was alleged that Phiri on October 1 this year with intent to deprive Charity Mwamba of her child under the age of 16 years, fraudulently and took away the said child. Meanwhile, THE Supreme Court  has dismissed a case in which former Access Bank Transaction Officer Rabson Sikombe appealed his High Court ruling which dismissed his case  in a matter he sued his employer for unfair  dismissal on theft allegations involving more than K 804 million. Mr Sikombe claimed for a declaration that his dismissal was null and void, accrued annual basic salaries in the sum of K 68,370, 252, 00, compensatory damages interest and costs. In dismissing the case Judges Elizabeth  Muyovwe , Mumba Malila and Charles Kajimanga ruled that the whole appeal was destitute of merit and that the judgment of the lower court was credible and properly rationalized. The three judges stated that they did not see any reason for faulting the exercise by the trial Court of its discretion on the award of costs against the appellant in the matter and that ground seven of the appeal had no merit and that they were  satisfied that Mr Sikombe’s dismissal on the evidence available was properly done The appellant contended that he was dismissed without being afforded an opportunity to answer any charges that led to his suspension and subsequent summary dismissal through an exculpatory letter following his suspension which  did not specify any charges against him.