THE Chinsali Magistrates’ Court has convicted Sesheke UPND member of parliament Romeo Kang’ombe on a charge of assault and two counts of abduction of police officers.
The court has however, acquitted him on one count of assault.
Kang’ombe who has now been remanded in custody is likely to be sentenced on April 12, this year.
The Sesheke parliamentarian was arrested in October last year and charged with two counts of abduction and another two counts of assault on police officers.
The court has now found Kang’ombe guilty in three charges but acquitted him on one count of assault.
Kang’ómbe’s lawyer, Mulambo Haimbe, confirmed his client’s conviction in an interview but added that sentencing was likely to take place on April 12, this year.
“He has been convicted on three out of four counts. He was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer and two counts of abduction. He was acquitted on one count of assaulting a police officer and convicted on the remaining three counts. There are two police officers involved, so each of them is alleged to have been assaulted by him (Kang’ombe) and each of them is alleged to have been abducted by him. So that makes four counts,” Haimbe explained.
“So the court found that one count of assault did not stand but the remaining charges stood. So from the four [counts], three stood. He is yet to be sentenced. Sentencing will likely take place next week Monday, on April 12. Whenever you are convicted there is a possibility of a custodial sentence, but that depends on mitigation and other things. So we have to wait until the sentence is actually done. In the interim we are seeking instructions on an appeal.”