Suspected Cement Thief Out on Bail
First Grade Magistrate Phillip Chibwana in Balaka has granted bail to Geoffrey Chimphonda, a foreman at Macbuilt Construction Company who was arrested last Friday for allegedly stealing 400 bags of cement worth 4.6 million kwacha.
Chibwana says police violated the 48 hour rule which the state counter argued besides raising fears that the suspect might interfere with state witnesses.
Meanwhile, Senior State Prosecutor Inspector Bodwin Msukwa, says, police have since recovered 20 bags of cement and the exercise is still underway.
The case returns to court on 26 September for commencement of trial.