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Man jailed for assaulting friend over beer

CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Kitwe
THE Kitwe Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 34-year-old man of Luangwa township to three years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawfully wounding his friend after he refused his offer to go out and drink beer.
In this case, Lyson Lwinzi pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.
Passing the sentence on Monday, magistrate Prosper Mwila convicted Lwinzi on his own confession.
“Unlawful wounding is a felony, you invite someone to go and drink opaque beer and the person turns down the offer, and you decide to injure him, which is inhuman.
“For what you did, I will send you to prison for three years with hard labour. If you are not happy with the conviction, you can appeal to the High Court within 14 days,” he said.
Lwinzi, on November 11 last year, assaulted Moby Simukoko with a hoe for refusing to accompany him for a drink-up.
Facts before the court were that on the fateful day, Mr Simukoko was at home when Lwinzi went there and invited him to go and drink opaque beer, known as kantobo.
The court heard that Mr Simukoko turned down the offer and this annoyed Lwinzi, who went away only to return later while armed with a hoe.
Lwinzi hit Mr Simukoko with the hoe on the head and inflicted injuries on him.
Mr Simukoko reported the matter to the police and Lwinzi was arrested.


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