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Police arrest two sisters and one of their boyfriend’s for Aggravated Robbery.

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TWO girls and their boyfriend’s have been arrested in Chingola on the Copperbelt after they joined forces and stole two vehicles belonging to the girl’s uncle.

They are also alleged before the act, to have stolen a pistol from their grandfather, which they used to stage the robbery.

Copperbelt commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba police have arrested the two sisters and one of their boyfriend’s, while one is on the run.

He said the case is alleged to have occurred this year between July and November in which a Toyota Noah and a Ford Escape were stolen from the girl’s uncle, Job Ngandwe junior.

“A 19-year-old juvenile of Chingola was apprehended after he was found in possession of a Crvena Zastava pistol serial number 252022, Calibre 7.65mm model 70. Upon being interviewed, the suspect said that he got the firearm from his girlfriend, also a juvenile aged 18. When interviewed, the girlfriend told officers that she stole the pistol from her sick grandfather Job Ngandwe senior, the father of Job Ngandwe junior, who is the victim of the two aggravated robberies,” he said.

He said the juvenile told officers that she gave the pistol to her boyfriend who while working together with Elias Chileshe of Kabundi East within Chingola later attacked her uncle and robbed him of the Toyota Noah and later a Ford Escape from their house which was recovered abandoned in Soweto Township.

Mr Mweemba said the robbery of the Ford escape was organised by the 19-year-old boy, his girlfriend, her older sister aged 20 and her boyfriend who is also friends with her younger sister’s boyfriend.

“Facts that led to the apprehension of the three was that on December 7, 2022, while the anti-robbery officers were on night patrol, at about 00:30 hours they received information from the grandfather to one of the suspects who informed the Police that his grandson was telling his friends that he had a lot of money and that he wanted to organise people to go and attack him and rob him,” he said.

He said that when the information reached the accused’s grandfather, he suspected the grandson to be in possession of a firearm because he was tipped that the grandson had a firearm and that was how the Police were informed and later picked the suspect who admitted to having committed the robberies.

“The two sisters and one suspect have been apprehended and detained in police custody while the other suspect who knows where the Toyota Noah is kept is still at large,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 10th December, 2022)

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Assualt accused Army officer’s wife now claims bed sores caused the wounds on her son

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THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has set March 11 this year as judgement in a case a Zambia Army officer’s wife is accused of assaulting her four-year-old step son using different weapons like a hosepipe and knife.

But when winding up her defence yesterday, the accused, Longwe Ngosa, 30, did not cause the wound marks on her son’s body but that the marks on his back were caused by bed sores.

Ngosa added that child developed bed sores when he was admitted to University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) after he injured his leg while playing.

She said he got the “sore beds” due to the sleeping position in the hospital.

Ngosa said this yesterday in a matter she is charged with assault on a child which allegedly happened between April 1 and July 31, 2023.

The housewife of Apollo Military Camp is accused of assaulting a juvenile we shall call, IB, and occasioned him actual bodily harm.

The assault the child came to light through a viral Facebook clip where IB was filmed narrating to his teacher how his mother had been beating him using different weapons, including a knife.

Ngosa was found with a case to answer by Lusaka magistrate Mutinta Mwenya and she is currently on her defence.

The accused, who initially told the court that her son was assaulted by her class teacher on several occasions, yesterday told the court that the wounds on the victim’s back were caused by bed sores.

Ngosa also claimed the other wound marks on his stomach were as a result of an allergy.

“He developed them when he ate relish he does not eat. That was an allergy,” she narrated.

Ngosa also narrated that she started living with IB when he was 15months and has always considered him as “my child and not my stepson”.

In cross examination, state prosecutor Chisenga Malama asked Ngosa to confirm that she never produced any medical record to show what happened to IB.

“No, I did not,” the accused said.

“Confirm you never made any official complaint to school about the sores on the child,” Ms Malama asked as the accused said no.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)

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Unnatural offence suspects provide fake names to police

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TWO male student nurses who were previously charged with unnatural offence have now been accused of providing false information to a public officer during the investigation.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said, it was revealed during the course of investigations that the individual initially identified as Chisenga Chanda, aged 20, of Matero, had misrepresented his identity.

He said the actual name is Brighton Banda, aged 25, of New Avondale, and a third-year Student Nurse at a named institution.

Similarly, Matthews Kabwe, aged 20, of Matero, is not who he claimed to be but Darius Musukwa, aged 20, of Kamwala South, and he too is a third-year Student Nurse at a named institution.

“Both individuals have been additionally charged with the offense of giving false information to a Public Officer Contrary to Section 125 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia. As a result, they are currently detained in police custody,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said police is committed to upholding the law and ensuring the accuracy of information provided during investigations.

“We urge the public to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and to refrain from engaging in activities that may obstruct or impede the course of justice,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)

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Two pupils drown in Kafulafuta dam, police say 

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TWO pupils aged 14 and 12 have drowned in Kafulafuta dam in Masaiti district.

The two children drowned yesterday, Tuesday February 27, at around 15:00 hours.

Copperbelt province police commanding officer, Peacewell Mweemba said the report was made the girls grandmother, Offa Ednah, aged 53, of Masaiti.

He said Ms Ednah reported that her granddaughters drowned in Kafulafuta River.

Mr Mweemba said the victims have been identified as 14-year-old Grace Namonje, a grade six pupil, and 12-year-old Bathsheba Musaka, also in grade six at Koti ni Eden in the Shilashi area of Masaiti.

He said the two pupils left school around 14:00 hours, after which Bathsheba visited her friend’s house in Kampundu Village before deciding to accompany Grace, who lived in Saili Village.

Mr Mweemba said while on their way, the two girls opted to cross through a small path used as a road crossing over the dam.

“As they were going they decided to use a small path used as a road crossing through the dam and as they were crossing the dam they drowned after they failed to cross,” he said.

Mr Mweemba said members of the community rushed to retrieve their bodies and found that both were already dead.

He said when police visited the scene, they found that both deceased bodies had already been retrieved from the dam.

“The bodies were inspected and no physical injuries found on them. The bodies had some foam coming from their nose and mouth,” he said.

Mr Mweemba said the two bodies have since been deposited to St. Theresa’s Mission Hospital Mortuary.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February,  2024)

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