8 February 2013

Zambia: Bring Murder Suspects to Court - Magistrate

THE Lusaka magistrate's court has ordered the prosecution team to bring before court five suspected murderers of a 28-year-old taxi driver, Joseph Simfukwe whose head was allegedly cut off by his assailants.

This was after the accused persons did not appear in court when the matter was called for mention.

Resident Magistrate Nsunge Chanda instructed the prosecution team to make a follow up on their absence, saying she could not sign a warrant for the accused persons without seeing them in court.

Maybin Kapokola, 29, who was recently ordered to go to Chainama Hospital for determination of his mental status after he exhibited signs of insanity in court is jointly charged with Chripine Siakonde, 26, Peter Sikangila, 42, and Jimmy Sianjanika, 37 for the murder of Simfukwe.

And a Mpika woman who killed her 81-year-old husband after stoning him and pulling his manhood has been sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour by the Kasama High Court.

Judge Timothy Katanekwa in sentencing Margaret Chota, 53, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, said cases of gender-based violence needed to be discouraged.

Facts before court were that Chota, sometime last year, went for a drinking spree with her husband.

When they decided they had had enough beer, they left for home but on the way, Chota's husband accused the wife of being a prostitute and started beating her with his walking stick.

Chota in retaliation stoned her husband and pulled his manhood to make him stop beating her.

Copyright © 2013 The Times of Zambia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.