14 February 2013

Zambia: Murder Suspect Mentally Unsound - Doctors

Doctors in Zambia have certified a suspect in a murder case involving Lusaka taxi driver Joseph Simfukwe mentally unsound and therefore may not be fit to stand trial.

The medical report generated by Dr Msoni, a consultant psychologist and Dr Evans Musonda, confirmed that a suspect in one of the many recent gruesome murder cases in Zambia identified as Maybin Kapokola has a record of mental disorder.

As a result, the suspect has been receiving medication since May 20, 2010 to August 16 2012. Kapokola recently behaved strangely during a court appearance prompting magistrate Nsunge Chanda to order a mental examination to determine his capacity to stand trial.

The report has noted that Kapokola needed treatment, care and control. The doctors said Kapokola exhibits behaviour which is bizarre as he hallucinates and has a strange demeanor. The report notes that the cause of madness could be genetic.

Maybin Kapokola, 29 is charged along with Chrispin Siakonde, Peter Sikanjila and Jimmy Sianjalika for the murder of Lusaka taxi driver Joseph Simfukwe. It's alleged that in December 2012, they murdered Simfukwe, a taxi driver from Lusaka's Down Town Shopping Mall.

Magistrate Nsunge Chanda has since said the medical report will be handed over to the High Court where the matter will be committed for trial. Zambia has recently suffered a spate of gruesome murders of taxi drivers and some female students in unexplained circumstances.

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