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Kitwe teen pleads guilty to manslaughter

A TEENAGER of Kitwe who stabbed a security guard with a knife in the back and stomach has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
This is in a case in which the juvenile was initially charged with murder but the charge was later reduced to manslaughter.
Particulars of the offence are that on November 26, last year, in Kitwe, the boy allegedly unlawfully caused the death of Dominic Changwe.
When the matter came up for plea before Kitwe High Court judge-in-charge Catherine Makungu, the juvenile said he understood the charge and admitted it.
According to the facts read out by state advocate Chali Hambayi, on November 10, last year, Changwe worked at Lifelong school, where he served as a security guard.
Whilst on duty on the material day, Changwe saw the juvenile, who was being chased by a dog, jump over the school fence and recognised him as the boy who had been suspended for alleged bad behaviour.
Changwe pursued the juvenile and asked him to leave the premises for fear that he could cause trouble but the boy resisted and an altercation ensued.
As Changwe and the juvenile pulled each other, the latter removed a knife from his pocket and stabbed the former in the back and stomach.
“He fell and bled profusely and immediately shouted for help,” the facts stated.
People in the surrounding community quickly apprehended the juvenile before he could flee the scene and the matter was reported to Garneton police post.
Changwe was admitted to Kitwe Central Hospital but he passed away two weeks later due to the wounds.
Police charged and arrested the juvenile for murder, which has since been reduced to manslaughter.
Mrs Justice Makungu adjourned the case to September 29, this year for social welfare report and sentencing.

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