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Court recommends medical checkup for Chipata man charged with defilement

CHIPATA magistrate Pauline Mulenga has recommended medical checkup for a man of Chipangali area charged with defilement after he exhibited strange behaviour in court. Yelesani Mbewe whose case came up for plea could not appropriately respond to questions that he was asked.

When asked about his age, Mbewe kept on starring at court officials before stating in  a very low tone that he was 21. But when magistrate Mulenga asked him when he was born, Mbewe said he had forgotten. Mbewe, who was seemingly absent-minded, took long to answer obvious questions.

Later, magistrate Mulenga ordered that Mbewe be taken for medical checkup before he could take plea on November 16 and that medical results should as well be presented to the court on the same day.

And 40-year-old man last Friday pleaded guilty to a count of theft. Christopher Zulu pleaded guilty to one count of theft after he stole four bunches of bananas worth K300 belonging to Joseph Jere on November 1. When asked why he stole the bananas by resident magistrate Boniface Mwala, Zulu said he wanted to them because he was hungry.

After entering plea of guilty, magistrate Mwala adjourned the matter to yesterday for presentation of facts.

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