28 December 2012

Zambia: Man Jailed 15 Years for Violence

THE Kitwe High Court has sentenced a 27-year-old man to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for attacking a couple whose vehicle had broken down along a road.

High Court Judge Catherine Makungu sent to jail Danny Kalichi of Ipusukilo Township after she convicted him of attacking a couple and stealing a car battery on January 29 last year.

Kalichi was charged with aggravated robbery contrary to Section 294 (1) of the Penal Code after he attacked a couple whose vehicle had broken down on Jambo Drive in Kitwe.

Particulars of the offence were that Kalichi on January 29, last year did steal a car battery, a wheel, a modulator, a shirt and trousers, K90,000 cash, all valued at K1.5 million belonging to Charles Kunda.

Kalichi used violence in obtaining the goods and money from Mr Kunda who was in the company of his companion and smashed the windows of the vehicle.

He denied stealing a car battery from the couple but admitted leading police to the recovery of a television set, fridge and a radio cassette player from a house in Kapoto.

In delivering judgment, Ms Justice Makungu said the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

She said there was enough evidence that Kalichi stole from the car and used actual violence in attacking Mr Kunda.

She noted that Kalichi was in possession of the stolen battery and no explanation was given as to how he obtained it.

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