Judge Lengalenga throws out an application in a murder case
By Staff Reporter
LUSAKA High Court Judge Florence Lengalenga yesterday threw out an application to have a trail within trial of four murder accused.
This is in a matter where two Zambia Army soldiers, a ZAF office assistant and a traditional healer are accused of engaging in ritual killings of seven people in Lusaka’s George Compound in 2016.
It is alleged that Lucky Siame, Lewis Chishimba Bwalya, Christopher Kasapo, and Elvis Nyanga killed Clever Changwe, William Chela, Alex Zulu, Elias Phiri, Amon Sichamba, Anthony Mwaba and Boris Muzumara between March 5 and April 17, 2016.
The court ruling came after defense lawyer Humphrey Mweemba submitted that it was important to ascertain whether one of his clients, Siame led the Police to the crime scene voluntary.
In delivering ruling, Judge Lengalenga said Siame’s claims of torture, intimidation and beating by police in order to induce evidence were mere after thought as there was no consistency in his statement during cross examination as he contradicted himself on numerous occasions.
The court further ordered that the state should make reference to the warn and caution statement from Siame and tender it as valid prosecution document.
Judge Lengalenga dismissed the defense application and adjourned to July 5, 2018 for continuation of trial.
The four are charged with murder contrary to section 200 of the penal code, chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia but the accused persons have not pleaded guilty.