RABECCA BANDA writes

@SunZambian

A WOMAN has told the Lusaka Magistrates Court that a man broke into her house and stole property worth K1, 100.

Particulars of the offence before Magistrate Ammie Masoja, are that Sekelani Phiri, 63 allegedly broke into the house of Elizabeth Lwandamina on November 30 2019 where he stole the property.

Lwandamina said on the material day, she locked the house and went to sell chips by the road side in the evening.

She told the court that around 21.00 hours, she called her son and gave him keys to take home the things she was using

Lwandamina said a few minutes later, her son returned and said that he found the door to the house open.

She rushed home and found the door open and things were scattered inside the house.

Lwandamina said she thought it was the same person who stole from her the first time.

She alleged that Phiri had broken into her house before and reported him to the police.

After she followed Phiri at his house, he admitted stealing the items and asked her not to beat him.

Phiri: Did you see me steal your household goods?

Lwandamina: No.

Phiri: Did you come to my house?

Lwandamina: Yes and you admitted stealing my property.

“I am old and working hard to buy things for my house and yet all you to do is steal,” she said.

Phiri: What happened next?

Lwandamina: I took you to the police station.

Phiri: What did the police say?

Lwandamina: They told you to go in the cells.

Phiri: Do you have evidence to show the court that I stole your  things?

Lwandamina: Yes, you admitted stealing my property.

The matter comes up on January 17 for continued trial.

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