Court puts man on defence for wounding father in-law

A Chipata man has been put on his defence for unlawful wounding of his father in-law and malicious damage to his ex-wife’s property.

This is the matter where Musa Miti is charged with unlawful wounding and malicious damage to property.

Magistrate Pauline Mulenga put Miti on his defence after the prosecution closed its case.

Detective Inspector Patrick Banda from the Criminal Investigations Department at Chipata Central police station who is also the arresting
officer told the court that On December 29, 2017 Miti, who was in a drunken state, followed his wife to her parents’ place.

Inspector Banda said Miti was at the time on separation with his wife, Failesi Mbewe.

“Miti who was on separation with his wife followed her to her parents’ place; he grabbed her clothes and blankets and brought them outside before burning them. The following day, he followed the father in-law where he unlawfully wounded him,” Banda said.
He said Miti’s in-law, Lingson Kanyinji, was even admitted for some days at Chipata Central Hospital.

Banda said Miti, during warn and caution, claimed that he was not aware of the matter but he said the accused seemed not have known what happened on December 29, 2017 because he was drunk.

The arresting officer identified the knife that Miti allegedly used to stab his father in-law and a medical report that was issued to the complainant.

During cross examination, Miti asked the officer about the period he had served in the police service.

When Banda said he had been in the service for 17 years, Miti asked him whether he had experience. But the arresting officer said his supervisors were the ones who knew whether or not he had experience.

Later, Miti said the entire evidence that Banda gave was wrong, accusing the arresting officer of totally being drunk when he was interviewing him.

He told the court that he would give evidence on oath and would call one witness in his defence.

Earlier, Miti had indicated that he would call his wife as one of his defence witnesses but was reminded that his wife already testified as a prosecution witness and could not do so on behalf of the defence.

Magistrate Mulenga adjourned the matter to April 17 for mention and May 2 for defence.

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