7 February 2013

Zambia: Chibombo Murder - Dad Narrates Ordeal

THE Father of a Chibombo woman who was killed and her body buried in a shallow grave has told the Kabwe High Court that the death of his daughter was still painful and will continue to be so.

This is in a case in which Given Mwiinga, 32, is alleged to have murdered his wife, Aphlonia Kalibo in January last year in Chibombo before attempting to take his own life by stabbing himself on his throat and stomach.

Mr Jobson Kalibo, 55, of Ngondo Village in Chibombo narrated before Judge Elita Mwikisa that he was informed that the now accused person had gotten a blanket on the night of January 14, last year from his (Kalibo's) farm.

This was after he forced himself into his daughter's house with whom he was on separation.

Mr Kalibo testified that he got concerned when her daughter never returned home and that several inquiries from other relatives and friends proved futile.

He said a visit at the accused person's home on January 18, last year found that she was not there and they found the now accused lying outside claiming that he had a toothache.

When asked, Mwiinga said he last saw her daughter on January 15, 2012 and that she had also collected her clothes.

He said later, he learnt of her daughter's death and when he was called to identify the body which was decomposed, he discovered that she had deep cuts on her head and face and another cut on her hand.

Mr Kalibo said the doctor who examined the body told him that her daughter died of deep head injuries.

He believed that the accused person murdered his daughter because he confessed in the presence of the police.

Laiza Kalibo, 52, mother to the deceased, narrated that her late daughter and her three children fled from the matrimonial home in June, 2011 after her husband threatened to kill her.

"My lordship following the death of my daughter up to now the entire village is still alarmed and we are living in fear that if the accused is released more people will be killed," she said.

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