Tourist robbery accused pleads guilty to charge

10 Dec 2014 19:30pm
KATIMA MULILO, 10 DEC (NAMPA) – One of the accused persons in the theft of foreign and local currencies belonging to a German tourist, has pleaded guilty to the crime and will subsequently be sentenced on Thursday.
Given Akatama Kompeli, 30, who has been in police custody for less than a week, will be sentenced in the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court following his guilty plea on Tuesday.
Kompeli, who is one of the two accused persons in the matter, was arrested at a roadblock set up between Mpacha Airport and Liselo settlement on 06 December, when he was found in possession of N.dollars 23 000, US.dollar 500, Rand 1 400 and Euros 2 700.
On Monday, in his first appearance before Magistrate Noami Sibanda, the accused had indicated that he wanted to plead guilty on the theft charges, as he did not want to waste the court’s time.
The matter was then stood down for plea and trial the next day.
Kompeli’s co accused, Eugene Musweu Lukatezi, who was arrested on 05 December 2014, however pleaded not guilty. His hearing was postponed to 21 January 2015 for further police investigations.
Both men were remanded in custody after Public Prosecutor Rogers Sibungo told the court that the suspects are facing serious charges.
Last week Saturday, following Kompeli’s arrest, Zambezi Regional Police Commander Boniface Mukendwa told Nampa that the money in question was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to an unidentified German national visiting the Nambwa Lodge in the Kongola area of the Zambezi Region.
Mukendwa said the alleged theft took place shortly after 04h00 on Thursday, but it is not yet known whether the money which was recovered was the total amount stolen from the vehicle.
Kompeli, who hails from Muchiku village in the Divundu district, had been out on bail of N.dollars 1 000 for a housebreaking offence allegedly committed in October this year, when he was arrested for the theft offence.