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High court finds Kabwe man, 20, with case to answer for aggravated robbery

HIGH Court.

THE Kabwe High Court has found a 20-year-old man of Kabwe with a case to answer for alleged aggravated robbery.
Kabwe High Court judge-in-charge Dominic Sichinga put Nelson Chibwe on his defence after finding him with a case to answer for alleged aggravated robbery.
It is alleged that Chibwe on November 21, last year in Kabwe, robbed Steven Bwalya of a cellphone, wallet, an automated teller machine card, national registration card and K1, 200 cash.
During trial, Mr Bwalya, 42, testified that on November 21, last year he knocked off from work around 22:00 hours and went to pick up his wife from the bar where she works.
He said there was no food when he and his wife arrived at home and he decided to go and buy food from a nearby shop.
Mr Bwalya told the court that on his return home, he met a man only identified as Kezani who greeted him and said that it was time for him to work.
“After he greeted me he held me by the neck and squeezed my throat. Then another person came and took everything from my pocket and got a big stone and hit me on the left side of my face,” he said.
He screamed for help and his wife came to his rescue.
The matter was reported to the police.
Mr Bwalya’s wife, Esnart Phiri, 39, told the court that she heard her husband screaming for help and she rushed there to see what was happening.
“When I went outside by the roadside, I found my husband lying on the ground and his face was covered with blood,” Ms Phiri said.
And Peter Bwalya, 30, testified that he received a phone call from his sister-in-law who informed him that his brother had been attacked.
Mr Bwalya told the court that he asked his brother if he knew the person who attacked him. He was informed that it was Kezani.
“I told my brother that I know Kezani and I organised some guys to look for him. When we found him we seized him and took him to the police station,” Mr Bwalya said.
And the arresting officer Martin Katongo, 44, told the court that he received a docket of aggravated robbery to investigate while he was on duty.
Mr Katongo said he interviewed Chibwe, who was already in custody, but he declined the charge.
“I made up my mind and arrested and charged him for aggravated robbery,” Mr Katongo said.
Mr Justice Sichinga adjourned the case to June 16, for defence.

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