29 December 2012

Zambia: '2 Teens Killed Taxi Driver'

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TWO male teenagers are shockingly allegedly behind the brutal killing and defacing of a taxi driver, Matthews Chipili, who was dumped at a plot in Lusaka's Roma Township a week ago, Police have confirmed.

The two Lusaka youngsters are aged 14 and 16, Lusaka Province police commissioner Joyce Kasosa said.

The two youngsters will appear in court on Monday after police closed the investigations. They face a possible charge of murder and aggravated robbery.

"We have concluded investigations in the killing of Matthews Chipili. We have apprehended two teenagers aged 16 and 14 who confessed to the killing and they took us to the site of the killing and explained how they performed the killing and stole his vehicle and that they wanted to enjoy life from the robbery. The two will appear in court on Monday, next week," Ms Kasosa said.

The murder trial involving the two juveniles is widely expected to stir public interest and have a packed courtroom though entry would be restricted to close relatives as it would be a juvenile hearing.

Their motive, Ms Kasosa said, was merely to steal the late Mr Chipilii's vehicle and 'enjoy' proceeds of the heinous act, of Thursday last week.

Ms Kasosa said this at a media breakfast organised by the Zambia Police at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka yesterday.

Mr Chipili's body was discovered by passersby who alerted police. The killing shocked the public more so that it left Mr Chipili's family traumatised.

The teenagers informed police during investigations that they intended to the sell the stolen vehicle and use the money during the festive season.

The late Mr Chipili, who died at the age of 20, was discovered with his facial skin peeled off, his throat cut-open and left eye and tongue gouged out as the two juvenile assailants went away with his car, which had since been recovered by police.

Ms Kasosa dispelled assertions that the murder was in any way linked to the murder of late National Institute Public Administration (NIPA) Ruth Mbandu who was slain in a similar manner in July this year.

Police thanked the media for being patient, while investigations were conducted as releasing piece-meal information was going to have jeopardised the probe.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said a total of 9,612 gender-based violence (GBV) had so far been recorded this year.

Ms Libongani also said 1,000 people had lost their lives in road traffic accidents, recorded in various parts of the country.

Ms Libongani said 1,650 accident victims had survived with grave injuries while 2,000 survived with minor ones.

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