Jailed businessman gets additional sentence for bouncing a cheque

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By Kaungu Ndumba

A LUSAKA businessman currently serving a six-month jail term has been slapped with an additional nine months for issuing a cheque to Mumana Pleasure Resort on an insufficiently funded account.

Magistrate Jennipher Bwalya convicted and sentenced Elias Ngulube, 34 to nine months imprisonment with hard labour upon his own admission of guilt.

In the first count, Ngulube on August 31, 2013 in Lusaka, with intent to defraud, willfully and dishonestly issued Bank ABC cheque No. 000040 in the sum of K25,000 to Mumana Pleasure Resort on an insufficiently funded account.

Count two alleged that Ngulube during the same period issued Bank ABC cheque No. 000039 in the sum of K30,000 to Mumana Pleasure Resort on an insufficiently funded account.

In the third count, Ngulube allegedly obtained pecuniary advantage by incurring a debt of K66,000 by means of false pretences.

Magistrate Bwalya convicted Ngulube in two counts and acquitted him in the third charge for lack of evidence.

When asked to mitigate, Ngulube told the court that he was a married man whose wife was unemployed.

He also said he had been in custody for two months serving another sentence slapped by another court and therefore asked for the court’s leniency.

And in sentencing the convict, magistrate Bwalya said Ngulube deserved some leniency because he was the first offender.

“I hereby sentence you to nine months with hard labour from the last date of your current sentence,” ordered magistrate Bwalya.

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