Chipata magistrate acquits woman accused of stealing money from her ex-husband

THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court has acquitted a woman who was charged with the theft of K40,000 from her ex husband. Before magistrate Philip Mpundu was Idah Masala, who was alleged to have stolen the money between June 24 and 27, 2017 from her ex-husband, George Banda.

Banda claimed that Masala stole his ATM and went to withdraw the money. Masala, in her defence, said she was authorised by Banda to withdraw the money to pay the seasonal farm workers and the children’s school fees.

She said she got the money before they divorced with Banda. Masala said she withdrew the money in June 2016 and that the complainant was only made aware in December 2016.

She said sometime in 2016, she went to America to visit her siblings but when she returned, she found that her husband had married another woman. Masala said for that reason she never went to the matrimonial house but instead went to her parents’ house.

She said from the K40, 000, she gave Banda K19,000. In his judgment, magistrate Mpundu said a wife could not steal from her husband. He said the K40,000, which Masala got was matrimonial money. Magistrate Mpundu also committed Teddy Sakala of Muzabwela compound to the High Court for trial for murder.

Sakala is alleged to have murdered Robert Kumwenda on February 18, 2016.

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