Murder accused Benos fails to stand trial for ’embarrassing reasons’

THE Lusaka High Court has adjourned to Thursday a case where businesswoman Tshabu Benos is charged with the murder of Reeves Malambo because she was not ready to proceed.

When the case up for commencement of trial today, the defence informed High Court judge-in-charge Gertrude Chawatama that they were not ready to proceed due to reasons they were embarrassed to mention.

Defence counsel Humphrey Mweemba said:

“As defence, we are not ready to commence trial and we might feel ashamed to mention the reasons before court by their nature. Suffice to mention that if granted the application, we have agreed with the State to bring all the witnesses on the same day so that we can conclude with trial.”

And principal State advocate Gamariel Zimba did not object to the application, saying the position given was as discussed.

Earlier, Zimba applied to amend a list of witnesses who were erroneously omitted.

Those included are Eugene Malambo and Dr Stanslous Shabbuwa.

Last week, the accused pleaded not guilty.

Benos is alleged to have killed Malambo, her lover, in January this year.

Allegations in this matter are that Benos stabbed Malambo to death between January 11 and 30.

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