Court hears how suspected ritual killers led cops to crime scene

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Two investigations officers have told the Lusaka High Court
that one of the suspected ritual killers Lucky Siame led them
to the crime scene.

Jimmy Phiri told judge Florence Lengalenga that on April 14,
Siame led them to Lilanda compound near a place called Musanide
Car Park where one of the victims body was picked by police.

Phiri narrated that when they reached at the crime scene, Siame
wanted to demonstrate how the victims were allegedly murdered
but before he could conclude his sentence, his lawyer Humphrey
Mweemba objected saying Siame did not voluntarily lead them to
the crime scene.

Mweemba argued that Phiri’s evidence was tantamount to a
confession.

In their response, the state argued that the evidence was
admissible because it was done after a warn and caution
statement had been administered.

The state argued that Phiri led them to the crime scene
voluntarily and asked the court to overrule the objection.

In his response, Mweemba urged the court to take a position
where a confession of leading or directing was involuntarily
obtained in order to prevent trial within trial.

Ruling on the matter has since been reserved to September 21st.

Earlier 43-year-old David Siloka, another crime investigation
office, told judge Lengalenga that during investigation,
Lwambazi Mumbo, a witch doctor revealed that he cleansed the
four suspected ritual killers.

Siloka said Mumbo told him that he cleansed the accused persons
because they were haunted by ghosts of the deceased who they
allegedly murdered in cold blood.

Siloka further narrated that Mumbo led him and other police
officers to Lusaka West where he performed the cleansing on
Kasupe Road.

The investigations officer said on April 29, he travelled to
Solwezi where he apprehended Collins who he came to know as
Elvis Nyanga.

He testified that he went after Nyanga when Mumbo gave him his
contacts.

Siloka further narrated that he ferried Nyanga to Lusaka where
an identification parade was conducted in which Mumbo
recognised Nyanga.

In this case, Siame, Lewis Chishimba Bwalya, Christopher Kasapo
and Elvis Nyanga are accused of being behind the spate of the
ritual killings that hit Lusaka early last year.

The quartet is alleged to have murdered Clever Changwe, Amon
Sichamba, Alex Zulu, Elias Phiri, William Chella, Boris
Muzumara and Anthony Mwaba between March 5 and April 17.

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