Court News

4 tourists acquitted

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has acquitted four tourists from Britain and Netherlands who were alleged to have illegally entered the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
The three Britons, Barry Reed, David Allan Lewis and Michael Ilett. The other accused person is Dutchman, Jan Hien Van Steenis.
The four were charged with entering the park on September 2, this year, without a permit from the director general of the Zambia Wildlife Authority.
In his judgment, magistrate Benjamin Mwelwa said he had carefully considered the evidence from the prosecution and found that it lacked merit.
“This court has a serious doubt of whether the accused persons entered into the national park by the evidence that the prosecution has brought forward. I believe the evidence of the accused person that they did not enter the national park,” Mr Mwelwa said.
He advised the state to come up with proper evidence before taking accused to court short of which would have a lot of consequences.
Mr Mwelwa said the state should have warned the accused person instead of taking the matter to court.
“I will therefore acquit the four accused persons and set them at liberty and order that their freedom be granted forthwith,” he said.


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