NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
AFTER allegedly getting intoxicated with cannabis, a Lusaka man has allegedly defiled and murdered his three-year-old niece and her seven-year-old friend.
And his family says the killer does not deserve to live.
The man, identified as Tapela Phiri, 21, of Linda township, has been arrested and is detained at Chilanga Police Station.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Phiri, on Sunday around 19:00 hours, went to his sisterâ€™s house, where he picked his niece, Judith Tembo and her friend, Agnes Nkhoma, both of Lilanda township.
â€œHe took the children to the bush in Mimosa area, where he defiled them and later murdered them,â€ Mrs Katongo said.
She said the suspect stuffed leaves and grass in the victimsâ€™ mouths to prevent them from screaming.
Ms Katongo said Phiri later dumped the two bodies on Mimosa Road, where they were discovered by a motorist in the early hours of yesterday, who then alerted police.
â€œWhen we questioned him, he said that he had smoked marijuana,â€ Ms Katongo said.
She said the bodies of the girls are in the University Teaching Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, father of Agnes, Isaac Nkhoma, has been admitted to Kafue District Hospital after he took poison in an attempt to commit suicide after getting the news of the death of his first-born daughter, who was in Grade Two.
His sister, Janet Nkhoma, said in an interview from the funeral home her brother was devastated.
â€œMy brother is actually neighbours with Mr Phiri and I donâ€™t know how he will survive seeing his [suspectâ€™s] house,â€ she said.
She appealed to law enforcement agencies to ensure that the suspect feels the wrath of the law.
And the suspectâ€™s mother, Judith Mushimba, said the community does not want him back because he is a disgrace.
Ms Mushimba said the suspect was drunk when he got the children.
His sister, Christine Sakala, said this is not the first time Phiri had committed such an offence.
â€œWhat he has done is shameful and he does not deserve to live; he could at least let the children live after defiling them,â€ she said.
NANCY SIAME, Lusaka