A FARMER in Chipata has been crushed to death after a tree fell on him as he cycled past a Church where members were clearing vegetation.
The man identified as Harrison Mwale, 28, was cycling on Chamanda Road in Chipata on Wednesday around 11:00 hours when a tree which was being cut down by some members of the Baptist Church fell on him.
Police have since picked up four members of the Church to help with investigations.
Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela yesterday confirmed the death of Mr Mwale and the picking up of the four Baptist Church members. The deceased was from Makeni Farm.
"Some Baptist Church members were cutting a tree which subsequently fell on Mr Mwale Harrison who was passing by while cycling an Eagle gents bicycle.
"The body of the deceased is lying in Chipata General Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortem," Ms Kanjela said.
In Kapiri Mposhi, a male nurse identified as Dennis Chele is alleged to have raped his 17-year-old sister-in-law.
Ms Kanjela said the incident happened on Thursday around 12:00 hours in Riverside Township in Kapiri Mposhi.
"Information on the ground is that the victim was told to sweep the suspect's bedroom as his wife was not around. He then followed her in the bedroom, locked the door and started beating her for unknown reasons.
"He later raped her and left the house. We have launched investigations in the matter," she said.
And a 13-year-old girl has been defiled by her 37-year-old cousin in Kapiri Mposhi.
Ms Kanjela said the incident happened on Wednesday this week at Chilonga Farm.
She said police got a report on Thursday around 17:00 hours that the girl was defiled by a man of the same farm.
"The girl was selling some fritters from which the suspect got some and told her to follow him to the garden to collect K2, 000. It was at this point that she was thrown to the ground and defiled," she said.
Ms Kanjela said the suspect is on the run.
In Lusaka, a 37-year-old man of Misisi Township drowned in a pond after allegedly consuming alcohol.
Ms Kanjela named the man as Geoffrey Chongo who jumped into the pond with a view to swimming in a drunken state. This was on Thursday around 10:30 hours.
Police in Lusaka have picked a body of Eunice Mulenga Kabwe, aged 20, which was found floating in Ngenya pond.
Ms Kanjela said the body was discovered on Thursday around 15:00 hours.
She said Eunice was suspected to have been murdered as she sustained a broken right leg, swollen arms with red marks and some bruises.
Ms Kanjela said Eunice's husband had since been picked up to help police with investigations.