Zambia: Clinical Officer, Three Others Face Murder Charge

A CLINICAL officer based at Arthur Davison Children's Hospital (ADH) and the three others who had allegedly beaten and burnt a youth to death have been found with a case to answer in the Ndola High Court.

Edwin Mwanza, a clinical officer aged 48, of 4 Luneta Road, Boniface Mwape, 41, of 3192 Macha Road in Northrise, Christopher Mwale, 20, of Mack Farms and a juvenile are facing a murder charge.

The four were alleged to have been part of a mob that beat and burnt Lloyd Phiri to death on May 7.

Ndola High Court Judge Emelia Sunkutu ruled that the four had been found with a case to answer and placed them on their defence.

She ruled that the late Mr Phiri met his fate at the hands of a mob that included the four accused persons even though the random selection was quick.

"I find the accused with a case to answer in this court since they were part of the mob, a mob consists of members of the public," she said.

The clinical officer is being represented by Derrick Mulenga while a counsel from the Legal Aid Board is representing three other suspects.

Mr Mulenga applied for an adjournment as his team did not receive instructions from the four clients.

Ms Justice Sunkutu granted application and adjourned the case to January 21 next year and the quartet remained in custody at Ndola Remand Prison.

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