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State appeals against Twim Palm pupils acquittal


THE State has appealed against the Lusaka High Court’s decision to acquit four former Twin Palm Secondary School pupils who were accused of beating to death a Kabulonga Boys Secondary School learner last December. Director of Public Prosecutions Lillian Siyuni is challenging the acquittal on grounds that High Court judge Sharon Newa erred at law in her application of res gestae and acquitted the accused.  The principle of res gestae suggests that events should be appropriately contextualised to appreciate their significance. Courts previously employed this term to admit otherwise inadmissible hearsay. “The learned trial judge erred at law when she misapplied the law on res gestae [the start-to-end period of a felony] and acquitted the respondent,” the notice of intention to appeal reads in part. This is in a case Elvis Nsokolo, 19, and three others were CLICK TO READ MORE

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