ENOCK KADEMAUNGA writes
A PSYCHO-SOCIAL counsellor has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court for allegedly stealing a phone and threatening to kill his mother using a knife.
Brian Liswesa, 25, of Chinyunyu area in Lusaka is charged with threatening violence and theft.
In the first count, it is alleged that on January 21, 2020 in Lusaka Liswesa threatened injury on Rebecca Banda by saying “I will kill you” while holding a knife.
In count two, it is alleged that on the same date, he stole an Itel phone belonging to Ms Banda.
When the matter came up for plea before magistrate Betty Malupenga, Liswesa denied threatening to kill his mother.
He, however, admitted stealing the phone but explained that he had asked for the phone from his nephew but delayed to return it.
Liswesa said it was at that point that Ms Banda accused him of stealing it.
After hearing the explanation, magistrate Malupenga entered pleas of not guilty in both counts.
At this point, a public prosecutor informed the court that the complainant wanted to address the court. But Ms Malupenga instructed the prosecutor to advice the complainant to put her sentiments in writing since threatening violence was a felony.
Liswesa then applied for bail pending trial.
There being no objection from the State, he was granted K1,000 bail in his own recognisance with one working surety.
The case was adjourned to February 24, 2020 for commencement of trial.
In the same court, a 31-year-old man of Lusaka’s Chawama yesterday failed to appear in a case he is accused of stealing 12 pairs of pants from a woman.
In this case, Peter Phiri, of unknown address in Chawama is facing one court of criminal trespass. The allegation is that on February 20, this year in Lusaka Phiri unlawfully and willfully entered the premises of Simandi Sibwami with intent to commit a felony namely to steal.
In count two, he is charged with theft. It is alleged that on the same date, in Lusaka, Phiri stole 12 pairs of pants valued at K96, the property of Sibwami.
When the matter came up for plea before magistrate Betty Malupenga yesterday, the State informed the court that the accused, who is in police custody, was not present.
She then adjourned the matter to Monday for plea.

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