Aggravated robbery suspect found with case to answer

A 32 year old man of Lusaka on a charge of aggravated robbery was yesterday found with a case to answer by the Lusaka High Court and put on his defence

Judge Mwila Chitoba said the prosecution had established a prima facie case against Joe Banda of John Laing  and put him on his defence.

It is alleged that Banda on January 18, with other  seven unknown  persons, which included two females, while armed with knives and pangas  stole K 4,000 cash, a black berry cell phone, two tyres and 2 piano speakers, property of Mr Joseph Mwape.

Mr Mwape told the court that on the material day around mid-night he went to drop his friend in John Laing compound and on his way back he found the road blocked with stones.

He was later surrounded by eight people who forced him out of his vehicle and demanded cash and got the above mentioned items.

Thereafter the suspects beat him up and warned him never to return to the compound as he risked being killed.

Mr. Mwape said he was later released and he rushed to Chawama police station where he reported the ordeal.

He further stated that in the company of Police officers he drove to the scene and found Banda and another person. Police immediately apprehended Banda.

This was after his lawyers from Mumba Malila Advocates earlier made an application before seeking the Court to dismiss the case as there was no connecting evidence of the accused (Banda) to the offence as the only evidence was that of a blue shirt which purportedly linked him.

Earlier Banda’s lawyers from Mumba Malila Advocates applied to the court to dismiss the case as there was no evidence connecting their client to the offence as the only evidence was of a blue shirt which purportedly linked him to the crime.

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