A 29-YEAR-OLD police officer has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for stealing an AK47 rifle valued at K105,995.00.

This is in a matter where Haggai Namauna, 29, a police officer in Chingola was facing one count of theft of a fire arm.

Particulars of the offence were that on dates unknown but between March 2019 and August 2019, Namauna stole an AK47 assault rifle contrary to the laws of Zambia.

When the matter came up for judgement, Chingola Magistrate Stephen Maona said the state had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and he convicted Namauna accordingly.

“The state has proved this case beyond reasonable doubt. It has proved that you had the intention of stealing and selling the gun. The fact that you removed the serial number of the gun shows that you had intentions of selling the gun,” magistrate Maona said.

“This should serve as a warning to other officers who are in the habit of abusing their authorities that the law will take its course. I therefore sentence you to six years imprisonment with hard labour.”

Court records have also shown that Namauna is also facing a charge of abduction in another court before magistrate Shadrick Chanda.