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High Court orders mental test on woman facing murder charge

THE Chipata High Court has ordered that a Petauke woman who is charged with three counts of murder be medically examined to ascertain the state of her mind when she committed the offence. Before Lusaka judge Gertrude Chawatama, who is sitting in Chipata, was Adess Lungu of Adali village in chief Nyamphande’s area.

Senior Legal Aid counsel John Phiri applied that the accused should be examined to ascertain her state of mind when she committed the crime.

Judge Chawatama granted Phiri’s application saying the accused should be examined at a competent hospital. It is alleged that Lungu murdered her sons Brian, Alick and Alion and attempted to murder Lazarous Sakala. It is alleged that on July 12, 2016, Lungu prepared local relish known as Lumanda and added another local product called kanona to it before she
prepared nshima for her children.

The four children ate the said nshima, resulting into the death of the three children while the fourth one survived.

Judge Chawatama also set June 13, 2018 as judgment day in a matter where a Petauke resident Bechani Mwale is charged with murder and attempted murder. She set the judgment day after Mwale concluded his defence last Friday.

Mwale of Katununu village in chief Nyamphande’s area is charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. Mwale is alleged to have murdered Daina Phiri and attempted to murder Julita Banda in April 2017 after his father, Pepulani Mwale, was arrested by the police for abducting and holding Banda’s granddaughter captive for five days.

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