Two in court for motor vehicle theft

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–Two men have appeared in a Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for theft of motor vehicle.

The duo is Charles Manda, 32, a driver, and his co-accused, Oliver Musunga, 40.

It is alleged that the accused persons on July 13, 2014 stole a motor vehicle namely Toyota Hiace ALE 4094 valued at K50,000 property of Maxwell Mwalye.

When taking plea before Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu, Musunga pleaded not guilty to the charge while Manda pleaded guilty but denied having stolen the vehicle, saying he only drove
the vehicle for a few minutes after seeking permission from the owner of the vehicle.

And when   asked by the magistrate why he got the vehicle where it was parked he responded that he had asked for permission from the owner of the vehicle who was his friend to use it to help him buy some fuel for his car which had had run out of fuel.

The court recorded a plea of not guilty for both the accused persons.

Commencement of trial in the matter has been set for August 18, 2014.

Meanwhile, in the same court, a 21 year old Kanyama resident has pleaded not guilty to defilement.

It is alleged that Muzuza Honerst, had carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 16 years old, sometime in March 2014.

The accused applied for bail and the magistrate granted him a K5,000 bail with two working sureties from government or recognised institutions who are also Lusaka residents.

The matter has since been adjourned to August 11,2014 for mention and August 22, 2014 for commencement of trial.