TWO sisters jointly charged with stealing a baby have denied the charge in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.
Kadinja Phiri, 32, and Miriam Phiri, 23, of Kamwala South and Ngombe compound respectively denied stealing a baby when they appeared before Magistrate Austen Mubita.
The Phiri’s told Mr Mubita that they understood the charge but denied committing the offence.
They are accused of one count of child stealing contrary to section 171 of the laws of Zambia.
The duo was released on bail in the sum of K10,000 each with two working sureties.
Defence lawyer Keith Mweemba had applied that his clients be granted bail pending trial as the offence they were facing were bailable.
He said he was asking the court to use its discretion in granting the accused bail, especially Mirriam who was heavily pregnant and who could be due at any time.
Mr Mweemba said the accused had been in custody for a week, meaning there was a breach on the part of the State as the Constitution provided that the accused were supposed to appear in court within 24 hours.
Mr Mubita granted the two women bail pending trial and adjourned the matter to April 10 for commencement of trial.