British lodge owner murdered in Chipata


A 51-YEAR-OLD Briton has been murdered allegedly by his Zambian acquaintance in his house in Chipata’s Hill View after a drinking spree, Eastern Province commissioner of police Eugene Sibote has said.

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Mr Sibote told journalists yesterday that Dean Lodge director Mitchell Dean was murdered between July 5 and July 6 by the suspect who uses different names.

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Mr Dean’s house is located at his lodge in Chipata.
Mr Sibote said Mr Dean was last seen entering his house around 21:00 hours with his Zambian acquaintance after having some drinks at a bar.


“The deceased had been staying with a colleague for the past two months. The suspect goes by the name of Humphrey and sometimes he is called Tonga Zulu,” Mr Sibote said.


He said a security guard at the house found Mr Dean in a pool of blood.
The security guard, whose identity has been withheld, told police that on the fateful day, someone was playing music loudly in Mr Dean’s house but that it suddenly stopped.


He said the security guard later saw the suspect driving out in a green Toyota Carina.
Mr Dean was later found in a pool of blood and the body had a deep cut on the ear.


He also said some property was missing from the house.
Mr Sibote said the body is lying in Chipata General Hospital mortuary.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect.


Meanwhile, a Barclays Bank employee who went missing last month has been found dead and it is suspected that he committed suicide.
Mr Sibote said Mumba Mwanza’s body was found in the bush in Chipata’s Hill View two days after his family reported him missing.


On July 2, a Chipata resident reported to the police that he had found a body in the bush. The police went to the scene and identified the body as that of Mwanza.
Police found a diary, which contained a suicide note.
“The diary stated that he decided to commit suicide in relation to issues to do with something about his workplace,” Mr Sibote said.


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