A worker at China Jiagxi, whose ear was sliced allegedly by a Chinese national last Friday, has asked for compensation of K50 million.
Douglas Mwila, 24, had his ear sliced using a metal object allegedly by Guo Haisheng while on duty.
When the case came up before Principal Magistrate Aridah Chulu yesterday, Mr Mwila said he was ready to withdraw the case on condition that Guo gives him K50 million for his medical expenses.
Guo 45, a bricklayer of Chinese Centre, Mass Media area was arrested on Friday after he allegedly assaulted Mr Mwila at the Twin Palm Zambia Air Force (ZAF) base where they had been engaged to construct houses.
Guo has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, a charge has denied.
It is alleged that on October 19, this year in Lusaka, Guo did assault Mr Mwila thereby occasioning him bodily harm.
When he was called to plea yesterday, Guo who is represented by Lusaka lawyer, Gilbert Phiri denied having assaulted Mwila.
The court granted the accused K2 million bail in his own recognisance, with two Zambian working surities in the like sum and that he surrenders his passport to the senior clerk of the court.
Mr Mwila informed the court that he wanted Guo to take care of his medical expenses through compensation as he wanted to withdraw the assault case.
When asked by the court how much he was demanding, Mwila said: “I want K50 million from him.”
But Ms Chulu said the K50 million he was demanding was outrageous.
“The K50 million you are demanding is definitely outrageous before we even start talking about it. We will adjourn this matter for trial to November 12, 2012 but in between, you can meet and negotiate on the reasonable amount,” the magistrate said.
Guo who was released by police on Friday after negotiations with Mr Mwila but was re-arrested over the weekend after Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Solomon Jere intervened in the matter.
Mr Mwila had agreed to a compensation package of K500, 000 and granted a two week leave from work as part of the agreement.
On Friday, Zambian workers at China Jiangxi protested at Longacres police post accusing police officers of getting a bribe from Guo, to have him released.