A 52 year-old carpenter of Chipata Compound has pleaded guilty to allegedly stealing bed sheets, carpets, washing basket, K800 cash, among other things, from his own house when his wife was away.

However, the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has entered a plea of not guilty after hearing his defence.

In this matter, Boniface Kangwa is facing one count of burglary and theft from his house when his wife was away.

It is alleged that during the night of November 19, 2018 in Lusaka, Kangwa with intent to steal, did break and enter Margret Mwachiyawa’s house and stole two bedsheets, one duvet, two carpets, one curtain, a vegetable rack, one washing basket, a bag, a pair of track suit and K800 cash, altogether valued at K2,110.

And when the matter came up for plea before magistrate Nsunge Chanda, Thursday, Kangwa admitted the charge.

He however added that the complainant was his wife and on that day, she was at her sister’s place.

Kangwa said he was stopped by neighbours before he could even get the things.

“The complainant is my wife. I agree, I entered the house [when] I was not allowed to enter. The door was open. I was stopped by the neighbours even before I could get the things. This was around 04:30. My wife was at the sister’s place,” he said.

The court however recorded a plea of not guilty after hearing his explanation and adjourned the matter to January 17, for trial.