Suspected copper thieves committed to High Court

By Staff Reporter


Kitwe Magistrate Court has committed to the High Court, businessman Daniel Makina for aggravated robbery involving copper cathodes valued at K 1.8 million contrary to the laws of Zambia.

This is in a matter in which Makina and a taxi driver identified as Chipili Chilufya are jointly charged with aggravated robbery, a non bailable offence contrary to section 294(1) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

When the matter came up for commencement of preliminary hearing, Kitwe Magistrate Kampinda Chipamu committed the two suspects to the Kitwe High Court stating that the committal certificate from the Director of Public Prosecution had already been received and there was no need for preliminary hearing on the matter.

Magistrate Chipamu said the state had already received instructions to have the matter committed to the High Court in pursuit of section 257 of the criminal procedure code, chapter 88 of the law of Zambia.

However, Makina’s lawyers objected to the ruling and hoped that their client could be handed a speedy trail.
Particulars before court were that, on August 28, 2018 in Kitwe, Makina and Chipili Chilufya jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did attack Rehab Bashid Magwila, a driver of the truck carrying copper cathodes valued at K1.8 million the property of Polytra Zambia Limited with a fire arm and did use and threatened violence in order to steal.