MK 500 Million Standard Bank robbery case continues in Mzuzu

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High Court in Malawi’s Northern region city of Mzuzu continues hearing the MK 500 Million kwacha robbery case which took place at the Standard Bank branch in the city in September 2014.

Three suspects are answering charges of robbery with violence.

On Monday, the state paraded two witnesses, both Standard Bank employees before watching of CCTV Footages on Tuesday, according to court proceedings on Monday.

The two were on duty and were cross examined and they told court what took place on the night of robbery.

CourtThey told the court that the robbers threatened them with a pistol before forcing entry into the facility and tied them with robs.

The witnesses went ahead to tell the court that the robbers who remained fully armoured concentrated on boxes that had MK 1000 and MK 500 bank notes as they threatened them with a gun or guidance and carried five sacks.

They (robbers) collected a box of money that was supposed to be taken the following morning by Reserve Bank of Malawi officials.

According to State Advocate Jacob Nan the state will not cease to parade witnesses in the case and has since asked the court to watch the video footages at the Standard Bank before the next witness is paraded.

However, the defence team has protested the application saying that a judicial notice was required on the same arguing their client; Ken Kamwambi is being tried under inhuman conditions.

The third accused person, Kamwambi former police officer had initially had keys to his handcuffs misplaced by prison warders who took time trace the officer who had carried them during an adjournment earlier in the day.

Presiding Officer First Grade Magistrate, Casper Phiri, however argues that the accused still has cases to answer in Blantyre and therefore was not being treated harshly.

Kamwambi was arrested in Blantyre for involvement in other criminal acts despite answering the case in Mzuzu and was apparently on bail.

Kamwambi is answering the case along with Charles Moffat and Amos Jere.

 

 

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