19 November 2012

Zambia: Life Sentence Upheld for Kaoma Killer

THE Supreme Court has upheld the life imprisonment sentence of a 57-year-old Kaoma woman after she was found guilty of hiring an assassin to kill a woman of the same area who she suspected of bewitching her child.

This is in a matter in which Maureen Nyambe, Malungu Katuya and Robby Kalengese, all of Kabula Village in Kaoma District of Western Province, while acting together, allegedly murdered Loondo Simushi on November 3, last year.

Facts were that Nyambe hired Katuya and Kalengese to kill Ms Simushi on suspicion that she had bewitched her child and offered K250,000 for the act.

And during hearing of the case recently, mother of the deceased, Nosiku Namangolwa testified that on the fateful night as she was sleeping, she heard a gunshot and later found out that her daughter had been shot and blood was gushing from her head.

She then saw Katuya running away as there was moonlight.

Ms Namangolwa said she, together with her family, had spent the night outside as their house was under construction and told the police that the only suspect was Nyambe who had gone to her home and threatened to hire Karavinas to kill Ms Simushi after accusing her of bewitching her child.

Several other witnesses including the prosecution team testified that the day after the shooting incident, police apprehended Nyambe and the two other suspects and charged them with murder.

A post-mortem revealed that there was a piece of five centimetre metal like a pin stuck in the victim's head and that it was impossible to remove it.

In her defence, Nyambe said she hired the two to kill Ms Simushi because she was hurt following her child's death.

The court convicted the three and found them guilty as charged, noting that they had a common intention to commit the unlawful act and provided payment for the act.

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