Former national heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Chingangu has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and theft from a motor vehicle.

In count one, it is alleged that Chingangu, on May 7, 2018, in Lusaka district, did steal two suitcases containing clothes altogether valued at K1,440 from a motor vehicle namely; Toyota Noah registration number ABX 8294, property of Majory Mvula.

And in count two, it is alleged that on the material day of May 7, 2018, Chingangu did assault Ken Ngosa thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.

But when the matter came up for plea before Magistrate Felix Kaoma, Monday, Chingangu denied all the charges.

He told the court that he was badly beaten by a mob in Chalala, and when he reported the matter to the Godfrey Miyanda police station, they refused to open a docket for him.

Meanwhile, the court directed the police to assist Chingangu to report his case to Kabwata police.

The matter has since been adjourned to May 23, 2018, for commencement of trial.