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Son to hang for murder of father

A 26-year-old man of Lusaka has been sentenced to death by the Kabwe High Court for murdering his father, a retired Zambia Air Force (ZAF) lieutenant colonel.
Kabwe High Court judge-in-charge Mwiinde Siavwapa sentenced Emmanuel Kamuchele to death for the murder of Paul Kamuchele.
“I am satisfied that the State has proved its case against the accused person and I found him guilty of murder and convict him accordingly,” Mr Justice Siavwapa said in his judgment delivered on Thursday.
Emmanuel murdered Lt Kamuchele on December 29 last year in Mumbwa.
Emmanuel shot his father dead on their way to a bus station and dumped his body in the bush before leaving for Lusaka.
Mr Justice Siavwapa said it is not in dispute that no-one saw Emmanuel shooting Lt Kamuchele and that the evidence is circumstantial.
“However,  there is evidence that the firearm that was used in the murder was found in Emmanuel’s house and a used bullet cartridge similar to the one found in his father’s [Kamuchele] car near the murder scene,” Mr Justice Siavwapa said.
He said there is sufficient evidence linking Emmanuel to Mr Kamuchele’s murder.
In his defence, Emmanuel denied killing his father and claimed that he had travelled to Mumbwa to reconcile with him.
Emmanuel said he could not have murdered his father despite having a strained relationship with him.
And inspector Mathews Ngala, a police officer, testified that Emmanuel led police officers to his house, where they recovered a firearm and used bullet cartridge similar to the one found in Mr Kamuchele’s car on the murder scene.
He also said he led police officers to the scene where a Toyota Carina Registration number AJB 4723 was found with the decomposed body of his father inside.

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