Chipata man in court for assaulting a journalist

By Staff reporter

A 41-year-old businessman of Jere compound in Chipata district in Eastern Province has appeared for mention in Lundazi magistrate court for assaulting a journalist.

Appearing before resident magistrate Edward Chisanga was Frank Mwale suspected to be a Patriotic Front (PF) cadre charged with two counts of assault, causing actual bodily harm on a journalist and theft contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence in the first count were that on February 12, 2019, Mwale whilst acting together with others unknown assaulted Grace Lungu thereby occasioning her actual bodily harm contrary to section 248 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

In second count, particulars of the offence were that on the material date, Mwale whist acting together with other people unknown did steal money amounting to K400 cash property of Lungu contrary to section 272 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

But before plea could take place, magistrate Chisanga found the accused guilty of contempt of court for failing to attend court sessions on two occasions.

And when the court asked the accused as to why he did not attend court on May 10 and 14, 2019, Mwale said he was not told that he was supposed to appear before court on the said dates.

Magistrate Chisanga however, told the accused that the court shall not rely on the miscommunication between the accused and the police because according to law, it is the duty of the accused to follow up the matter with the police and not the other way round.

Magistrate Chisanga has disposed contempt of court case and revoked the police bond and the accused was remanded in custody while the surety had been pardoned.

The matter has since been adjourned to June 3, 2019 for mention.