4 February 2013

Zambia: Cop's Gun Was Used in Robbery - - Witness

A WITNESS in the case in which a police officer is charged with aggravated robbery has testified how an AK 47 rifle was allegedly used to stage the robbery.

This is in a case in which Richard Besa, 38, is charged with aggravated robbery after he robbed Davis Chungu of K200, 000, while armed with an Ak 47 rifle.

Besa is alleged to have ordered Mr Chungu to the bank where he withdrew money which the accused person obtained.

He is also facing charges of rape in the Chingola magistrate's court after he allegedly raped Mr Chungu's girlfriend when the couple was returning from a function.

Testifying in the matter, Crispin Hijuwa, a police officer, said in the course of investigations, he established that an AK47 SSA 1569 with 30 rounds of ammunition was used to stage the robbery.

Mr Hijuwa told High Court Judge Isaac Kamwendo that the firearm was drawn from Chingola Police Station on February 26, last year and indicated in the occurrence book.

He explained during evidence led by senior State advocate Mapenzi Hamachila that three firearms were drawn on that day for ZESCO and Konkola Copper Mines(KCM) night patrols.

The court heard that the firearms had a total of 90 rounds of ammunition, an indication that each firearm had 30 rounds of ammunition and that out of the three firearms, only one was returned to the police station.

Mr Hijuwa said he also extended his investigations at Barclay's Bank in Chingola to verify where the alleged money was drawn by Mr Chungu.

He said he managed to obtain a Compact Disk (CD) showing Mr Chungu in handcuffs as he withdrew money from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

Hearing continues.

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