Chibombo farmer jailed for killing person over land

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A FARMER of Chibombo, who shot dead a person over land, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour. Roydon Siame, 37, was sentenced to five years, while his two brothers, walked to freedom after the court acquitted them due to lack of evidence.
The three brothers Roydon, Jasper and Kapufi Siame, all of  Chibombo were appearing in court on a charge of murdering Boyd Chilwana on September 25, 2012.
During the trial, the State called seven witnesses who  testified how Roydon opened fire and shot the deceased.
One  witness testified  how  the three  were  chased  from the village for  insulting  elders  as well  as  threatening  violence.
The  trio is also  reported to have  refused  to appear  before a village headman as well as Chief Liteta after they were summoned over their behaviour.
At the closure of the case, the three were found with a  case to answer and put on their defence.
In defence, Jasper and Kapufi  denied  killing Mr Chilwani while Roydon said he did not intend to shoot him dead but fired in the air and accidently killed him.
The court acquitted Jasper and Kapufi for lack of incriminating evidence but found Roydon guilty.
In making her ruling, Ms Justice Elita Mwikisa said it was sad that Roydon used such brutal force which resulted into loss of life.
She said violence was not an answer to resolving disputes  but it was clear that Roydon was an unruly person who was ready to take the law into his hands.