By Sports Reporter
FORMER national and Africa Boxing Union (ABU) heavyweight champion Joseph ‘No Pressure’ Chingangu nearly punched up journalists at the Lusaka Magistrates Court yesterday after The Post Newspaper’s photographer attempted to take pictures of him.
Journalists from the The Post, Daily Nation and Muvi Tv were only rescued by court marshals.
Later Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu asked the marshals to bring Chingangu before him.
Chingangu was asked to sit down in the accused dock to explain why he was causing commotion at the courts.
He told the court that he wanted to beat the pressmen because the photographer was taking pictures of him even after warning him to stop what he was doing.
But Mr Chitalu warned Chingangu that whether he was a public figure or not, it was not right for him to cause commotion when courts were in session.
He told Chingangu that courts were a public places where one would be captured hence it was the job of journalists to take pictures and cover court proceedings.
It was at that point that he was asked to leave the dock and go outside to wait for his court to sit.
However trial in the matter could not proceed as the State were not ready to proceed.
Last week Chingangu pleaded not guilty to stealing a motor vehicle worth over K150,000 and was released on a K5,000 bail with two working sureties in the same sum and in their own recognizance. He also denied stealing assorted items.
Chingangu, 46 is charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and burglary and theft contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged in the first count that Chingangu on February 4, in Lusaka stole a Toyota Pro-box registration number ALH 7159 valued at K32,000, the property of Peng Teng Kang.
It is also alleged that Chingangu on the same day in Lusaka with intent to steal and while acting together with other persons unknown broke into Peng Teng Kang house and stole a 42 inch television set, five suitcases, a necklace, two Huawei cellphones, assorted personal clothes, a pair of shoes, US$200 cash and K6,000 cash altogether valued at K156,752, the property of Peng Teng Kang.
The matter comes up on April 11 for trial.