Policemen had to run for their lives when a suspect they were trying to arrest for housebreaking turned violent and attacked them with rocks before chasing them wielding a log, a court heard on Thursday.
Comrade Mudenda, whose age was not given in court, who lives at Manjolo in Binga, pleaded not guilty to housebreaking, resisting arrest and defeating the course of justice when he appeared before Binga resident magistrate Stephen Ndlovu.
The magistrate remanded him to November 24 for the continuation of trial. Prosecutor Bruce Maphosa told the court that on October 23, Mudenda went to Bernard Musaka’s homestead at Manjolo where he broke into a house and stole a solar panel and two blankets belonging to Musaka.
The court heard that Musaka discovered the theft and made a report to the police.
Police investigations established that Mudenda was involved in the theft. They went to Mudenda’s home where they found him in possession of the stolen items.
It is the state case that when the police wanted to take the property and arrest Mudenda, he resisted and started attacking them with stones.
Stunned policemen fled for dear life while Mudenda was in hot on their heels carrying a log which he wanted to use in striking.
The court also heard that after the police had gone, Mudenda allegedly took the stolen items and hid them in the bush.
Police went and mobilised manpower and came back to arrest Mudenda, who this time did not resist arrest knowing that he had hidden evidence, the state alleges.
After failing to find the hidden loot, police were left with no choice but to charge Mudenda with the alternative counts of obstructing and defeating the course of justice.