Arrested couple to appear in High court
Luwingu, May 6, ZANIS —— The couple which dipped hands of their two children in hot water for stealing beans has been committed to the High Court by Luwingu Magistrate Davy Simfukwe following instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Appearing before Luwingu Magistrate Simfukwe were Lazarus Kasonde 24 and Maureen Chanda 28 of Chilekwa Chisanga Village in Chief Chipalo of Luwingu district in the Northern Province who are facing two counts of murder and grievous bodily harm contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence in count one were that, Lazarus Kasonde and Maureen Chanda on 14th February 2013 jointly and whilst acting together did cause grievous bodily harm to the two children and later one of them died in the district hospital.
After the baby died in the district hospital the couple was spotted trying to dispose of the late Jane Mukupa in the nearby grave yard and the matter was reported to Zambia police in Luwingu.
The children found their fate after they decided to eat the beans which were meant for supper after severe hunger hit. They searched for food but found a pot of beans hidden in the bedroom under the bed of their parents.
The duo are facing a murder case involving their daughter Jane Mukupa aged 3 who died of severe burns while in count two the couple stand charged with the offence of unlawful wounding or causing grievous bodily harm on Harrison Chanda aged 5 years respectively.
“The matter is coming up for mention, however, we have received the instruction from the DPP’s chambers for committal to the High Court of Zambia for summary trial,” said Prosecutor Oscar Nyembe.
“Pursuant to the certificate for summary trial issued by the DPP and pursuant to powers conferred on me by section 222 of the criminal procedure cord chapter 88 of the laws of Zambia, I accordingly commit both accused persons to the High Court of Zambia. Both the accused person will be informed of their trial date in the next High Court session. Both are remanded in custody,” Mr Simfukwe said.
The couple is facing two counts of which one is murder contrary to section 200 and grievous bodily harm contrary to section of chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia respectively.