Judge threatens to revoke suspect’s bail

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Criminal court
Criminal court

THE Kitwe Magistrate’s Court has threatened to revoke bail granted to a 23-year-old man of Chambishi charged with cheating and also order that the complainant be committed to prison for allegedly interfering with the court process.

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This is in a case in which Michael Bwalya of house number six, Nkana Street in Chambishi, is charged with cheating, contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that Bwalya, between March 1 and March 30 this year, by means of fraudulent trick, obtained K5,000 cash from Given Kazhimbala.
Bwalya denied the charge but at the close of the prosecution’s case, magistrate Densen Muchaba found him with a case to answer and put him on his defence.
When the matter came up for continued defence last Thursday, Mr Muchaba asked Bwalya if he had come with the witnesses he intended to summon.
Bwalya responded that both his witnesses were out of town but that he had come with money to pay Mr Kazhimbala.
“No! No! No! No! Do you know the laws of this country very well? You were not given bail to start interfering with witnesses.
“If the State won’t make that application to revoke your bail, I will move in myself and cancel your bail because I have the powers,” Mr Muchaba said
He warned that he could lock up both Bwalya and Mr Kazhimbala at Kamfinsa State Prison.
“If you can solve your own problems, why do you bring matters to court? Do you just want to waste the court’s time and paper? You can’t be forming courts outside this court,” Mr Muchaba said.
He warned that he would not hesitate to lock up both Mr Kazhimbala and Bwalya if it was proven that they were interfering with the court process
Mr Muchaba adjourned the matter to July 15, 2014 for defence.

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