Father sent to jail for aiding Son to escape from custody.

Kamfisa prison

A 45 year old man of Zalampango village in Senior Chief Mburuma’s area in Luangwa District has been sentenced to one year imprisonment with hard labour for aiding his son and seven others to escape from lawful police custody.

Luangwa Magistrate, Tandiwe Ndolo sentenced Steven Tembo a senior watchman at Katondwe Mission Hospital to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour after finding him guilty of aiding his son and seven others to escape from police custody.

Presenting facts before the court last Tuesday, State Prosecutor Chimbizgani Bilima told the court that on March, 26, 2014, Steven Tembo went to visit his son Steven Tembo Junior aged 21 who was in police custody for the offence of breaking into a building and committing a felony.

The court heard that during the visit, Tembo bought two saws from the market and gave them to his son without the consent of the police.

He told the court that it was between 23:00hrs and 24:00hrs when the police Officer on duty heard the suspects who were in the cells singing loud gospel music when in the process t e cells.

Eight suspects managed to escape and four of them including Steven Tembo Junior were apprehended in the neighbouring Mozambican District of Zumbo.

Upon warn and caution by police Tembo admitted that it was Steven Tembo Senior who assisted in their escape from custody.

The other three escapees who were apprehended together with Tembo Junior are Kelly Munalula 25 of Zende village in Mozambique, Patrick Sakala 32 and Jackson Lungu 21 of Mwavi village in Senior Chief Mburuma.

The trio are facing a charge of suspected kidnapping and abduction with intent to murder contrary to section 255 of the penal code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

In passing judgment, Magistrate Ndolo said the offence committed was serious because what he did was dangerous to the welfare of the citizens as some of them could be a threat to the lives of the people.