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LUSAKA Principal Resident Magistrate David Simusamba has warned a convicted headman that he will issue a bench warrant against him if he fails to appear for his sentencing next Wednesday.

This is in a case in which Mr. Simusamba has convicted Headman Wellington Habeenzu, 43, of Habeenzu village in Shibuyunji, after he admitted assaulting 57-year-old Lucia Mweenga.

Yesterday was the second time Habeenzu failed to appear in court after his conviction last month. When the case was called, Habeenzu’s unidentified representative told Mr. Simusamba that the convict had a bereavement and that burial was taking place yesterday.

The court then warned that a bench warrant will be issued for the headman’s arrest if he fails to show up on October 17, 2018.

However, Ms. Mweenga’s daughter later informed public prosecutor Noah Mwanza that as the case was going on, she allegedly spotted Habeenzu seated in his car outside the court building but Mr. Mwanza could not bring this information to the court’s attention because the case had already been adjourned.

Particulars of the offence are that on July 1, 2018, Habeenzu, a farmer, assaulted Ms. Mweenga after accusing her of killing his cow.

Facts were that on the material day, the victim was at her home in Mulela village when she saw Habeenzu with other people approaching her.

When he reached her, he asked Ms. Mweenga as to why she had allegedly killed his cow and after she denied, he started beating her.

“The accused person got annoyed and started dragging and beating her using a stick. She sustained a cut on her left leg, swollen shoulder and chest pains…” the facts read in part.

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