Retired ZAF officer committed to High Court

THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has committed retired Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Colonel Paul Pandala Banda to the High Court for trial for allegedly murdering his wife, Vivian, in October last year.
Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya yesterday committed Banda to the High Court for trial after receiving a certificate of committal from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Banda was arrested last year for allegedly murdering his wife.
“Now that instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions have been received to commit you to the High Court for trial, I hereby commit you to the High Court for trial,” magistrate Bwalya said.
It is alleged that Banda, on unknown dates but between October 27 and October 28, last year, murdered his wife.
Last year, Banda appeared for mention before magistrate Bwalya for explanation of the charge as the case is not triable by the magistrate’s court.
Banda told the court that he understood the charge and could only take plea in the High Court.
Banda is alleged to have shot his wife dead after a marital dispute and he was allegedly severely beaten by his son after the incident.
He was admitted to the University Teaching Hospital before his arrest.

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