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Security guard in court for beating a police officer

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A 21 year old security guard of Ndola has appeared in the Ndola Magistrate’s Court for beating a female police officer.

Ernest Simwanza 21 of Twapia Township is facing one count of assault on a police officer.

On June 3, this year around 11:00 hours, Simwanza assaulted Mercy Sianga 35, a police officer of Chifubu police camp.

When the matter came up for trial before Ndola resident magistrate Misozi Banda, Bupe Nalwamba 30, a businesswoman of Twapia said the incident happened when Simwanza went to Ndola Central police station to sign police bond for his sister who was in custody for theft.

“When he came at the police station, he started asking his sister what wrong she did but the officer stopped him and asked him to leave the office if he didn’t know what he followed,” she narrated.

Nalwamba said the response by the police offended Simwanza who refused to leave the office.

She said the officer then hounded Simwanza out of her office, a situation which escalated into a quarrel.

Nalwamba said Simwanza then got annoyed and pushed the officer on the floor.

She said when the officer fell down, she was assaulted and she lost a her tooth.

And detective chief inspector at Copperbelt division headquarters Lastone Moyo 52 who was supposed to sign police bond said on the material day he found the officer crying that Simwanza had assaulted her which led to her tooth being removed during a scuffle.

“So I issued a medical for the officer to go to the hospital and Simwanza was put in police custody after he failed to give a satisfactory answer for his actions,” Moyo said.

In his defence, Simwanza who gave unsworn evidence said he got annoyed because the officer requested him to pay a K50 for signing a police bond,” he said.

“The officer asked me to K50 which I didn’t understand and when I inquired why I was made to pay that amount for signing a police bond she became upset and chased me out of her office,” he said.

Magistrate Banda adjourned the matter to July 26 for continued defence. -Mwebantu

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