14 December 2012

Zambia: Man Jailed 15 Years for Beating Dad to Death

THE Kitwe High Court has sentenced a 24-year-old man to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for beating his father to death. High court Judge Isaac Chali sent Samora Mutambo of Kasama to jail for causing the death of Edward Mutambo on May 12 this year.

High court Judge Isaac Chali sent Samora Mutambo of Kasama to jail for causing the death of Edward Mutambo on May 12 this year.

Samora was earlier charged with murder which was reduced to manslaughter. He admitted the charge.

Facts before the court were that on the material day, Mr Mutambo had called for a meeting to discuss how the family would look after children left by his late son.

But Samora got incensed when his father suggested that he takes up the responsibility of looking after the orphans.

Samora started beating his father until he became unconscious. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

In sentencing the convict, Mr Justice Chali said the circumstances of the case were sad.

He noted that Mr Mutambo was trying to bring the family together and to find ways of how to look after the orphans left by one of his deceased children, a brother of the convict.

Mr Justice Chali said the circumstances were aggravating and that the deceased sustained injuries, an indication that he received a severe beating at the hands of the convict.

"Although I note that the convict is a young man who has pleaded guilty to the charge, I propose to impose some punishment to keep his violence in check as he remains in custody. I, therefore, sentence the convict to a term of 15 years imprisonment," the judge said.

Mr Justice Chali said it used to be a taboo in an African society for a child to raise a fight against any elderly person, let alone his own parents.

He said it was absolutely unacceptable for a child to become violent against a parent.

In another court, a man of Chingola has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour for vandalising Zesco cables.

High Court Judge Catherine Makungu sent to jail Chilufya Mulenga, 40, after she convicted him of vandalism.

Mulenga was jointly charged with Brian Kachama, 22, and a 15-year-old boy.

Kachama, however, escaped from lawful custody last month while sentencing for the juvenile has been reserved for the next criminal session.

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