Girl was murdered, police officer tells court

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A ZAMBIA police scenes of crime technician has told the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court that he suspects that an eight-year-old girl of Kazungula who was found dead in a well, was just murdered.
Constable Boniface Kalonde, 36, of Livingstone Central Police Station said he came to this conclusion after examining the scene of crime.
Mr Kalonde was testifying in the inquest of the juvenile who was allegedly murdered by drowning in Mukuni village in Kazungula last year.
The girl was found dead on February 22, 2014 in a well in Mukuni village and murder is suspected.
The scenes of crime expert was testifying in the inquest, before Livingstone Magistrate Andrew Kasongo.
Detective Kalonde said he suspected foul play because the body of the juvenile had a deep cut on the right side of the upper eyelid.
“I suspected foul play… looking at the age of the child…, the child was eight years old and I don’t believe that she could have managed to reach the well unaided,” he said.
Mr Kalonde said he rushed to the scene of crime with his camera after being alerted about the suspected drowning.
He said he found the body of the deceased on the scene, but it had been tampered with during the process of retrieving it from the well.
“The body of the juvenile was retrieved from the pond or well and was put in a motor vehicle. I then managed to take pictures of the body,” he said.
Detective Kalonde said he has been a scene of crime expert for the past three years and has undergone a lot of training in the management of scenes of crime and other related fields.
He said the other reason why he suspected foul play was due to the fact that there was blood that was coming out of the wound of the deceased.
Mr Kalonde said although the deceased had injuries on her body, the scene of crime or the area around the well was not rocky for the girl to have injured herself before falling into the pit well.
In his testimony, the detective produced the pictures he had taken on the scene of crime.