By ALICE NACHILEMBE
Chingola Magistrates court has heard how a police officer found Zesco copper wires in a car belonging to Humphrey Chabala who is facing one count of theft.
Constable Himasiku Hamukeni 27, of Nchanga Police station told magistrate Shadreck Chanda that on March 31, 2022, he received a call from his supervisor on the theft of cables in Lulamba Complex area.
Constable Hamukeni said he visited the crime scene and was informed that a grey unregistered chaser was seen leaving around the time of theft by some eye witnesses.
” After gathering more information, we searched Chabala’s house but nothing was found. Then we found 56 pieces of Copper cables in his Toyota Chaser motor vehicle, 22 meters shell wires in his other car and a half sack of cable covers within his yard,” he narrated.
In this case, Chabala 29, of 4316 off Katunga road Chikola Loop is facing one count of theft.
Particulars of the offense are that Chabala on March 31, 2022 between 24:00 hours and 03:30 hours at Lulamba Complex stole 17 meters copper cables valued at k15, 700 property of ZESCO limited.
Constable Hamukeni narrated that Chabala refused to open his unregistered chaser saying that the keys were in Mansa.
” Your honour, the accused refused to open his car as he claimed to have left his car keys in Mansa so the door was opened by force,”
” We questioned him where he got the cables and he said he bought them at Chiwempala market but he failed to produce the receipts,” he said.
Vusy Sakala a Zesco Legal Security officer also told the court how he received the case of theft on March 31, 2022, he rushed to the scene where he found that the cables where stolen and only outer plastic covers was left.
Magistrate Chanda adjourned the matter to May 11, for continuation of trial.