HOW A SHOE GOT A SUSPECTED GOAT THIEF NABBED
BY MAKOKWA CLARA MUYENDEKWA
TWO witnesses have testified before the Choma magistrate court in a matter in which two men are accuse of stock theft.
This is in a matter where Skipings Dina and Nchimunya Sichintu are accused of stealing two goats belonging to O’Brian Simutele who is the complainant, valued at K800.
The first state witness, Moses Mapani aged 29 of Hanzala village in Chief Mapanza chiefdom, testified that he was awakened by noises of tied goats around 23:00 hours.
“ I followed the noise and identified the men that had them. I then started chasing them and did not manage to apprehend them as they escaped with one leaving his shoes.” Mapani narrated.
Mapani said the community decided to hand the two men to the police after Nchimunya identified the shoes he had left the previous night as his. The second witness, Bwizu Nakalokwa aged 25 of Hanzala village testified that she had been contacting Spikings Dina in order to link him with O’Brian Simutele.
She however said she failed to link them as Spikings attempt to take goats to her failed after being allegedly chased by a watchman at Masonsa Primary school in the night.
And Defense Counsel Joy Mwape from the Legal Aid Board, representing both accused persons, questioned Mapani if he was not accusing the suspects because of an alleged vendetta he has with him after since they both had interest in dating the same woman, who is the second witness.
Resident Magistrate Ethel Phiri has since granted the accused bail with two sureties and K1000 cash and adjourned the matter to 12 November 2021. However, the accused are still remanded in police custody until bail conditions are met.