By Mulenga Musonda
A 34 years old businessman admitted before the Choma Magistrates Court that whilst doing his hawking business, he trespassed on a Police Officer’s premises with the intention to steal the clothes that were left on the line.
In this matter Bright Kabuswe of Choma’s Kamunza Township is charged with one count of Criminal Trespass contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that Kabuswe on April 14, 2021 entered the premises of Clement Mukalanga with intent to steal or annoy.
When the matter came for plea before Magistrate Muyambango Munukayumbwa, Kabuswe admitted the charge and stated that he entered the premises after observing that there were clothes on the line and no one was home.
After his explanation and admission of guilty, the Court recorded a plea of guilty and allowed the State to read the Facts.
According to the facts, Kabuswe was spotted by Mr Mukalanga’s neighbour elusively entering the yard. After the neighbour saw that Kabuswe stayed in the yard longer than normal, he decided to follow him and see what he was doing as he was aware that there was no one home.
To his surprise he found Kabuswe with a brick trying to break the padlock to the door. He instituted a citizen arrest and took the accused person to the Police.
However, the matter could not proceed into mitigation and sentencing after the State disclosed to the Court that Kabuswe was a second offender and there was need to prove this allegation.
The matter was adjourned to a later date for production of past record of conviction.
Kabuswe was remanded in custody.