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Three women bolt after stealing money, phone and bank cards from a ‘sleeping’ Swedish man, police say

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THREE women are currently on the run after they allegedly stole a phone, K35, 000 cash, 900 Swedish krona and two bank cards from a Swedish businessman who had gone to Ndola for the recently held Trade Fair.

The incident is alleged to have happened on Saturday last week at Starscape Hotel in Ndola in which Svensson Karl Magnus aged 61, a Swedish national of unknown house number Ingalate Avenue, Chelstone in Lusaka reported that three unknown females stole his property.

Mr Magnus said among the items stolen include an iPhone 13 Promax valued at K26,000, K35,500, 900 Swedish krona and two bank cards.

And Copperbelt province commanding officer Sharon Zulu confirmed the incident stating that the complainant, who came from Lusaka on June 28 for the Trade Fair, has been lodging at Starscape Hotel room number 16 since that time, because he was still looking for some business opportunities within the Copperbelt.

She said on July 15 this year around 18:00 hours he met three women who were lodged at the same hotel.

“These women were drinking beer in the beer garden. The complainant was invited to join them. He was offered castle lager and the women requested for his cellphone so that they could play music. At around 21:00 hours, all of them went to the complainant’s room where they continued to drink, “Mrs Zulu said.

She said at around 22:00 hours, he fell into a deep sleep.

Mrs Zulu said the following day around 10:00 hours, Mr  Magnus was awakened by one of his workers Mala Yamba who went to check on him at the hotel after her phone was failing to go through.

“He found that the money he had in his cellphone and bank cards were missing. His room was locked from outside and the women went away with the keys. The hotel management used the spare key to open the door. The matter was reported to the police,”she said.

Mr Zulu said police officers visited the crime scene and viewed the footage showing one suspect at the reception the time she came to book a room.

“The receptionist confirmed that the women checked out at around 05:00 hours. They have gone away with the keys to the room which they booked. The names written in the ledgers book for the suspect are Sarah Wanjiru John of Mombasa Kenya,”she said.

Mrs Zulu said when Mr Magnus contacted Stanbic Bank customer service, it was confirmed that money amounting to K30,000 was withdrawn at around 06:30 hours at Stanbic Bank, Kafubu Mall .

She said police have since instituted investigations.

(Mwebantu, Monday, July, 18th, 2022)

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Zindaba Soko boss detained for disobeying court 

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FORMER Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko has been detained for contempt of court after he travelled to Dubai for a job interview and missed a court session.

He missed a court session in a matter he and two others are accused of forging a passport and National Registration Card (NRC) bearing a dead person’s name.

About two weeks ago, Soko asked for permission to travel abroad but was advertised to attend court before leaving but the instruction was not obeyed.

Consequently, Lusaka magistrate Irene Wishimanga issued a bench warrant against Soko .

When the case resumed yesterday, Soko was brought to court under warrant and when asked why he missed court, he told the court that his lawyers misled him.

Soko told court that his lawyers told him that they would file a notice in court indicating his absentia when he travelled abroad.

This is in a case Soko, 45, a transport consultant of Old Lilayi Road, is jointly charged with Ibrahim Mbongo, 24, a student of Libala South, Kelvin Kisambara, a businessman, both of Tokyo Way.

They are charged with forgery, uttering false documents, being found in possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Allegations are that between January 1 and 17 this year, with intent to defraud, the accused allegedly forged NRC255428/10/1 in the names John Tembo, who was reportedly dead, according the police.

The trio is further purported to show that the NRC was genuinely issued by the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship, when infact not.

It is further alleged that Kisambara later fraudulently uttered the purportedly forged NRC to a banker at FNB bank in Chilenje.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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DJ in court after inserting manhood in four girls’ mouths

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A 25-YEAR-OLD DISC Jockey (DJ) of Kanyama Township, Lusaka, has pleaded not guilty to the offence of unnatural offences after he allegedly sexually abused four girls by inserting his manhood in the mouth of four girls whom he invited to his house.

The victims are all under the age of 16.

The suspect, Kelvin Mutale, 25, has been charged with four counts of unnatural offences, an offence contrary to section 155(a) of the Penal Code.

It is alleged that on December 24, 2023, Mutale had carnal knowledge of four girls against the order of nature.

When he appeared in court yesterday, Mutale pleaded not guilty to all the four counts before Lusaka magistrate Crispin Hampungani for plea.

The accused then applied for bail pending trial, to which the State did not object.

Magistrate Hampungani granted Mutale bail in the sum of K20,000 and the money has to be paid in cash for the accused to be released on bond.

The court also asked the accused to bring two sureties.

The case has been adjourned to March 19 for trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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State to grab Charity Katanga’s buses

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THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gilbert Phiri has applied to have the 10 Higer buses worth K26million belonging to imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga forfeited to the State.

Further, the DPP wants forfeiture of K1.5million which is in the account for Chibeka Express Limited, the company which was operating the 10 Higer buses deemed to be proceeds of crime.

In a notice of motion filed by the DPP before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court, the DPP says the properties should be seized because they are tainted.

The lawsuit comes after the Magistrate’s Court jailed Ms Katanga, Monday, after being found guilty of possession of the 10 buses deemed to be proceeds of crime, is the interested party.

In the DPPs documents, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC),
chief investigations officer Ewdin Mwanza submits that Ms Katanga Monday, February, 19, Ms Katanga was tried and convicted of the offence of possession of suspected proceeds of crime.

Mr Mwanza submits that court record will show that the former senior police officer’s conviction is based on her being found in possession of 10 higer buses whose registration numbers are; BAF 5118 ZM, BAF 5119 ZM, BAG 8558 ZM, BAG 8559 ZM, BAG 8733 ZM, BAJ 2476 ZM, BAJ 2590 ZM, BAJ 2919 ZM, BAV 2931, BAL 9126 ZM, all worth K26,282,770.

Mr Mwanza submits that the record will show that I also seized K1,55,005.15 in Chibeka Express Limited account number 9130000699156 Stanbic bank Ndola main branch which received these funds from the operations of the 10 higer buses found by this honourable court to be proceeds of crime.

He adds that the matter is a proper one in which the court can order that the buses and money in the account be forfeited to the State for being proceeds of crime.

The State prays that this court orders that the properties be forfeited to the State and paid into the government’s consolidated fund held at Central Bank.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024

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