KITWE senior resident magistrate Daniel Musonda has jailed a Kitwe man for three years simple imprisonment for hacking with a machete a police officer who was trying to arrest him.
Mr Musonda convicted Evaristo Mwango, 24, of house No. 881 Racecourse, Kitwe, who was facing one count of grievous bodily harm.
Particulars are that on May 9 this year in Kitwe, Mwango caused grievous harm to Patrick Chongo, a police officer who went to arrest him.
Delivering judgment, Magistrate Musonda said the prosecution managed to prove a case against Mwango.
“After looking at the evidence from the prosecution witnesses, I’m satisfied that a case has been established against the accused, and I hereby find him guilty as charged and convict him accordingly.
“I sentence you to 36 months simple imprisonment with effect from the date of your arrest. If you are not happy with my conviction, you can appeal to the High Court within 14 days,” he said.
During trial, Jordan Mubiana testified that on the material day, he reported for work at around 05:00 hours, and in the company of two other police officers, they went to Racecourse to apprehend the accused.
The police officers were led to Mwango’s place by his co-accused.
“Upon reaching the house around 06:00 hours, we knocked at the door and Mwango opened. But when he learnt that we were police officers, he went back in the house and came out with a machete and struck Mr Chongo on the head,” he said.
The court heard that as Mwango tried to strike Mr Chongo for the second time, Mr Mubiana fired four warning shots in the air, but this did not deter the accused from attacking the police officer.
“I then shot him on his leg because I was scared that he might hurt one more person,” Mr Mubiana said.
Mwango was apprehended and taken to the police station where he was charged and arrested.