FORMER African Boxing Union heavyweight champion Joseph ‘No Pressure’ Chingangu yesterday narrated to Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma how he was severely beaten after he was caught stealing from a motor vehicle on May 7. And Chingangu has pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft and assault.
Chingangu, who sustained a cut left ear, stitches all over his face and other parts of the body, said he had decided to lodge a complaint of assault but the police did not allow him. Magistrate Kaoma ordered the prosecutions to help Chingangu file a complaint at Kabwata Police Station of assault against the people who beat him after he was caught stealing.
The former boxer shielded his swollen face from cameras at the court grounds. Chingangu, 54, of Kafue on May 7, this year is accused of stealing two suitcases containing clothes altogether valued at K1,440 from a Toyota Noah registration number ABX 8294, the property of Marjory Mvula.
Chingangu is in the second count alleged to have assaulted Ken Khosa and occasioned him actual bodily harm.
According to sources, the complainant, Mvula, was called to the University Teaching Hospital around 02:45 hours to go and pick up a relative who had just lost a child. The sources stated that after they returned home from UTH with other bereaved family members, they went to sleep when around 03:00 hours, they heard a bang of vehicle’s door.
The source said that when people went outside to go and check what was happening, they saw a huge person running away with a suitcase that contained the clothes which were left in the vehicle from the hospital.
They shouted for help and neighbours came and helped them to apprehend the accused.
Sources also disclosed that Chingangu allegedly ran away from UTH where he was being treated for injuries he sustained from the beatings when he was apprehended.
Magistrate Kaoma has set May 23 for trial.