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After an argument, Mpongwe man sets his girlfriend’s home on fire

A 41-year-old Mpongwe man was detained for allegedly setting fire to the home of his 45-year-old girlfriend following an argument.

After a fight with Mumba Fortunatious, who had been living with Maureen Mwendela for about five months, the two decided to set fire to her household items, which were worth K32,950.

According to Copperbelt’s commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba, at 20:00 hours on Monday until yesterday, there was an arson that was reported to have occurred.

Maureen reported that her house was set ablaze by her boyfriend Mumba whom she stays with and this was after they had a dispute and property (house hold goods) which included Sofas bed, matress, a Television Set, bedings and others altogether valued at K32,950.00 were burnt to ashes. Brief facts of the matter are that the suspect has been staying at the complainants house for the past five months, so on Monday at 20:00hours the two had a dispute so the complainant decided to leave the house stating that the suspect was drunk and was disturbing her sleep. After leaving her house she informed her sister who stays in the neighborhood that she was going to seek refuge at her brothers’ house within Mpongwe and she left,” he said.

According to Mr. Mweemba, the complainant’s sister awoke at around 3:00 a.m. to strange noises coming from outside, and when she walked outside, she discovered her sister’s house on fire.

With the help of neighbours, they managed to put off the fire ,but the above mentioned property were burnt to ashes. Police visited the scene of crime and confirmed the matter. The suspect Mumba has been apprehended and he will appear in court soon,” he said


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