A MAN who set fire to a dwelling house at Kasera settlement in Isabel Province in July has been sentenced to two years in jail with hard labour, Thursday.
Chief Magistrate John Numapo however, ordered that five months be deducted of the sentence to reflect the time the accused Gibson Male spent in custody.
Male pleaded guilty to one count of arson, which carries life imprisonment under the Penal Code.
“The aggravating factor that stands out is the fact that a family has lost their home through the selfish act and conduct of the accused,” Mr Numapo said.
He said the family have to rebuild their lives again and all these will cost money and also will take time.
“Another aggravating factor is that the arson was premeditated and planned and this alone calls for a higher penalty.”
In mitigation Mr Numapo said he found the property is at the lower end of the scale in terms of value.
“I also find that the defendant is a young person and there is good chance of him been rehabilitated therefore, a long prison term will not serve any good purposes.
“The early guilty plea by the defendant has also saved the court’s time and he is credited for that.”
Male set fire to the dwelling house belonging to Tony Muda Bugoro on 23 July 2016 at Kasera settlement.
The value of the property destroyed is estimated to be around $18,652.00.
The accused used 500ml of mixed container of bleach with oil and fuel soaked with a coil of cotton wool to light it up before setting the fire on the house.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN