Chipata magistrate revokes bail, detains surety for lying that accused was in hospital

THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court has revoked bail for a person who allegedly broke into a police officer’s house and stole a uniform, boots and grenades after his surety lied in court. This is a matter where Stephen Chintu, 22 of Msekera area is charged with burglary and theft for breaking into the dwelling house of Francis Mumba on March 18, 2018.

Chintu was, however, granted a K500 bail with two working sureties by Chipata magistrate Philip Mpundu. When the matter came up for continued trial on Friday, Chintu’s surety informed court that the accused was admitted to Chipata Central Hospital.

This prompted magistrate Mpundu to direct the arresting officer who was expected to testify in the same matter to go to the hospital with the surety to check whether it was true that the accused was admitted there.
But on the way, the surety told the arresting officer that the accused was not in hospital but was in Mgubudu area.

After being informed about the new development, magistrate Mpundu revoked bail for Chintu. The court also cited the surety for contempt of court and was locked up. The matter was adjourned to May 21, 2018 for continued trial.

Chintu is alleged to have stolen a pair of military boots, one truck suit top, one pressing iron, two grenades and one pair of police uniform valued at K850.

Mumba, who was the first prosecution witness, told the court that on the material day he went for work at Chipata Central police station when he received a phone call from his nephew informing him that the bedroom window was broken.

He said when he went home, he found that the bedroom window was broken and some items were missing from the house.
Mumba said most of the stolen items were recovered but the police uniform had not yet been found.

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