Two teens accused of murdering Lusaka taxi driver appear in court

Two Juvenile boys behind the brutal killing and defacing of a Taxi Driver named Matthews Chipili on Monday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate court.

The two boys who confessed during police investigations having stolen Chipilis’ vehicle are 16 and 14 years old and are believed to be pupils of Great North Academy and Lusaka High Schools respectively.

The two juveniles appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Boniface Mwiinga for explanation of the charge.

In the first count the duo are charged with aggravated robbery contrary to section 294 (1) of the penal code and Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that on unknown dates but between 17 and 20th December the duo jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did steal a motor vehicle namely Toyota Camry registration number AAV 6570 valued at K 17 million property of Mr Basil Hamusokwe.

It is further alleged that the two did use or threaten to use actual violence to Matthews Chipili in order to obtain on prevent resistance to steal the vehicle.

In the second count the two boys are accused of murder contrary to section 200 of the penal code and cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that, the duo on unknown dates but between 17 and 20 December while in Lusaka did murder Matthews Chipili.

After reading and explaining the charge to the two accused person’s Magistrate Mwiinga told court that the magistrate court has no jurisdiction over matters of this nature but can only be tried in the High court.

Magistrate Mwiinga told the two accused persons that the offences they are facing are non bailable and as such they shall continue coming from remand until the state is ready to refer the matter to the High court.

He further said the duo were merely appearing in court today so that they could be informed of why they have been arrested by the police and what they are being accused of.

However state prosecutors informed the court that the state prosecution team is still preparing the docket and have it sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Magistrate Mwiinga further set January 15, 2013 as a date for mention as the court waits for instructions from the DPPs office to have the matter referred to the High court.

The second offender in the matter will be represented by Sebastian Zulu from Zulu and Company while the first offender has not presented a lawyer yet.

20 years old Chipili was discovered gruesomely murdered and dumped at a plot in Lusaka’s Roma Township by passersby after the assailants peeled off his facial skin, his throat cut-open and his eye and tongue gouged out.

The two boys who are still in police custody told police that they stole Chipilis’ vehicle with intent to sell it and latter enjoy the proceeds of the wicked act during the festive season.

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