TWO male juveniles of Lusaka have appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for the alleged murder of their friend last month. The offence is in connection with an incident that occurred at JCS Nightclub in Longacres area around 21:00 hours where Sebastian Lungu of Mtendere East allegedly picked a quarrel with the accused and was stabbed in the neck with a bottle during a fight.
The duo aged 17 and 18 had the charge explained to them by Lusaka magistrate Ruth Kapulo. When the charge was explained to them by Magistrate Kapulo, the accused responded that they understood the charge but could however not take plea as murder is not triable by the subordinate court.
Magistrate Kapulo told the accused that they will appear in court every fortnight until the Director of Public Prosecutions issues a certificate of committal to the High Court for trial.
“I am not going to ask you whether you admit or deny the charge, because even if you admit the charge, this court has no jurisdiction to try the matter as it is triable by the High Court,” she said.
“So you will be coming to court every two weeks so that we update you on whether the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has issued instructions to commit the matter to the High Court. It might take long so you shouldn’t be wondering why they have taken long, so we will be updating you every two weeks”.
The accused are alleged to have murdered Lungu on April 6.