29 November 2012

Zambia: Solwezi Dad 'Killer' Detained

KITWE High Court Judge Judy Mulongoti has ordered the detention of a 32-year-old man under the President's pleasure for stabbing his father to death.

Ms Justice Mulongoti ordered that Kenny Kalenga of Solwezi be detained under the President's pleasure for stabbing to death Robinson Kalenga ,58, on September 25, last year.

In delivering Judgment, Ms Justice Mulongoti sitting in Solwezi said evidence indicated that the late Mr Kalenga died as a result of being stabbed by his son.

"Going by the provisions of Section 161(2) (b), I order that the accused be detained under the President's pleasure under Section 167 of the Criminal Procedure Code," she said.

Kenny's brother, Felix had testified that on the fateful day, the family decided to take the accused person for prayers because he had exhibited signs of being mentally disturbed.

He said the family believed that Kenny was demon-possessed because he was behaving abnormally.

Felix testified that the family noticed that Kenny's condition was deteriorating as he started cooking food in tins.

He also would sometimes pick stones and say he had gold and that he was taking it to South Africa.

When the family attempted to take Kenny for prayers, he tried to stab one of his brothers but he missed and instead stabbed his father, who died on the spot.

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