By CHOMBA MUSIKA
A 24-YEAR-OLD potential groom of Kazungula on Wednesday pleaded guilty to stealing his uncle’s cow so that he could sell it and raise money to pay dowry for a wife.
This is a case in which Doubt Mwilu, a farmer of Sitangwenyi village, is jointly charged with two others for stock theft contrary to section 275 of the Penal Code, Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Siyauya Sewika, 24, a farmer of Sikalunzwe village, and Kayombo Katutu, 28, a fisherman, appeared before magistrate Edsen Shanduba on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Particulars of the offence are that on unknown dates but between March 24 and 25, 2013 the trio allegedly stole a cow valued at KR1, 000 (K1 million), the property of Justine Chilundika, Mwilu’s uncle.
Asked why he stole the cow, Mwilu told the court that he wanted to sell it and use the money to pay lobola (dowry) “for the woman of his heart”.
“I had asked for the cow from my uncle but he refused… so I stole it to raise money for dowry and other means,” Mwilu said.
The court set April 8, 2013 for the reading of a written statement of facts and mention.
All the three are remanded in custody.
In a separate case, a 19-year-old man of Choma pleaded not guilty to raping and robbing a 28-year-old woman.
This is in a matter in which Shammy Mudenda of Batoni in Choma is charged with having unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman without her consent. Rape is contrary to sections 132 and 133, of the Penal Code, Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that around 22:00 hours on January 1, 2013 Mudenda had carnal knowledge of the woman without her consent.
In the second count, Mudenda is charged with robbery contrary to section 292 of Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars are that on January 1, 2013 Mudenda allegedly robbed his victim of a cellular phone, a pair of sandals and a pair of leggings using violence.
The court set April 10, 2013 for commencement of trial.
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