State forces adjournment of Lusaka ritual killings case

By Staff Reporter
Lusaka High Court judge Florence Lengalenga has adjourned a matter in which Lucky Siame and three others are appearing before her for continued trial in a case of suspected ritual killings.
Lucky Siame, 46, a soldier of Lilanda Military Compound, Lewis Chishimba Bwalya, a traditional healer of Lusaka West, Christopher Kasapo, an office assistant at the Zambia Air Force, and of Zingalume, and Elvis Nyanga, a soldier of Kalundu in Solwezi are charged for ritual killings which allegedly occured in George and Zingalume compounds of Lusaka in 2016.
On Thursday, when the matter came up for continued trial, the state applied for an adjournment because one of the witnesses, the arresting officer, was not present before court.
The matter came up for continued trial following a ruling on a trial within a trial delivered by judge Lengalenga on Wednesday, where one of the accused, Siame, was complaining that his confession was made after he was tortured by the police.
At Thursday’s hearing, judge Lengalenga said:”I grant the application for adjournment made by the state but however, wish to state both parties should pay particular attention to all the requirements in this matter as no further excuses by the parties involved shall be entertained”.
The matter was then adjourned to August 8.