Magistrate refuses to summon police over alleged burglary at murder accused Benos residence
By Mercy Nayame
LUSAKA magistrate Albert Mwaba has refused to summon the police over the alleged burglary that took place at the residence of Reeves Malambo’s alleged killers.
When the case came up for a mention, the defence raised concerns that their clients, Tshabu Benos and her brother Mumba Mutanuka’s properties were stolen, including a vehicle, at a time the premises were under police custody.
Magistrate Mwaba said it would be tantamount to usurping the powers of the police if he called them to explain whether investigations had been instituted over the incident.
He said he was concerned with the matters already in court and that the complaint was not rightly before his court as the case was tried by the High Court.
Thieves are alleged to have ransacked bedrooms for Benos and Mutanuka.
The unknown people also wrote some words in graffiti, saying that the vehicle had been taken for safety “as instructed by madam” and keys to be given to her at prison.
The two accused persons are remanded in custody as the court awaits instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office to commit the case to the High Court.
The allegation is that Benos and Mutanuka between January 29 and 30, murdered Lusaka businessman Malambo.
Magistrate Mwaba has adjourned the case to March 6 for another mention.