Lusaka Court interpreter pleads not guilty to theft and fraud

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A Court interpreter of Lusaka has pleaded not guilty to theft and fraud in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

This is in a matter in which Patrick Lungu, 33, is charged with three counts of theft by public servant, forgery and uttering false documents contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
When the matter came up before magistrate Sheila Mweene, Lungu said he understood the charges but denied committing the offence.
In count one, Lungu is charged with theft by public servant contrary to Section 272 and 278 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged in the first count that Lungu on December 19, 2012 in Lusaka, being a person employed in the public service as court interpreter, did steal one receipt book, the property of Government, bearing batch number 82975, which came in his possession by virtue of his employment.
In count two, Lungu is charged with forgery contrary to Section 342 and 347 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
In the second count, Lungu is alleged to have on December 19, 2009 in Lusaka, with intent to defraud or deceive, forged a document namely general receipt number G4148716 valued at K10,000 purporting to show that it was genuinely issued and signed by an authorised signatory when in fact not.
In count three, Lungu is charged with uttering false documents contrary to Section 352 of the Penal Code Chapter 87of the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that Lungu on July 27, 2013 in Lusaka knowingly and fraudulently did utter a general receipt number G4148716 to Desiderious Manda.
Trial commences on November 27, 2013.

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