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THE state has closed its case against Kitwe businessman Daniel Chinyama Makina and his co-accused Chipili Chilufya, who are alleged to have stolen copper cathode worth K1.8 million.

Makina, 35, and Chipili a Chililabombwe taxi driver are jointly with aggravated robbery, which they are alleged to have committed on August 28, last year.

The state informed Kitwe High Court Judge-in-charge Timothy Katenekwa that it had closed the case and would make written submission on March 22 this year.

Makina and Chipili while armed with pistols are alleged to have stolen copper cathodes valued at K1.8 million from a truck which was being driven by a Tanzanian from Kasumbalesa border post.

Meanwhile, Makina’s lawyer Gavin Nyirongo submitted that his client was not connected to the aggravated robbery and should therefore be acquitted.

Mr Nyirongo told the court that no evidence on record directly or indirectly connected his client to the case.

He said only two witnesses indicated that he was present during the alleged sale of the copper cathode but they failed to provide documented evidence to show that the sale actually took place.  Mr Nyirongo also said only two witnesses the driver Rajab and his helper were present on the day of the robbery and none of them identified or knew his client.  And Chipili’s defence lawyer, Paul Chavula, told the court that the evidence against his client was as a result of poor identification of a witness Rajab.  Mr Chavula said his client was also not connected to the case of aggravated robbery as he was only arrested because of the vehicle he bought.

He said when the police searched his client’s house, they did not find anything relating to the stolen items and no one connected him to the alleged buyer of the copper cathode, identified as Maureen.

Mr Justice Katenekwa has therefore adjourned the matter to June 6, this year for ruling.

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