23 March 2018

Zambia: Kitwe High Court Acquits Mother Accused of Murdering 9-Year-Old Son

The Kitwe High Court has acquitted Melissa Neiman the 32 year old woman of Chingola who was charged with one account of murdering her 9 year old child.

Melissa was charged with one count of murder contrary to the laws of Zambia.

It was alleged that Neiman on 16th July, 2016 administered a poisonous insecticide "Doom" to her 9 year old child who died while she survived after taking the same poison contrary to section 200 Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Neiman is alleged to have picked up a quarrel with her lover which led to the unforseen circumstances that led to the death of her 9 year old child.

The state called 11 witness to testify in the matter.

And in delivering Judgement, Kitwe High Court Judge Justice Timothy Katenekwa acquitted the accused on account that the prosecution team failed to prove the case.

Justice Katenekwa stated that the 11 state witnesses relied on circumstantial evidence which failed to link the accused to the murder.

Justice Katenekwa said it was clear that both Melisa and her son ingested poison on the fateful day but the prosecution failed to link her to the act, doubts arose in the case and such doubts are usually resolved in favor of the accused.

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