A FORTY-FIVE-year -old police officer together with his co-accused
police reserve have been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment with
hardlabour by the Chipata High Court for murder.
Appearing before High Court Judge Maria Kawimbe was Inspector Teddy
Muntanga and Enock Mpelembe Banda 33, a registry clerk at Muzeyi Zonal
Health Centre who were both convicted with one count of murder.
Particulars of the offence were that on unknown dates but between
9th August this year the duo whilst acting together did murder
Rose Phiri 20, a deaf and dumb.
The court heard that the duo beat up the victim which led to the death
The court also heard that duo had sexual intercourse with the deceased
adding that her private part was bruised and her uterus was also
In mitigation, Legal Aid Board senior counsel John Phiri pleaded with
the court to exercise maximum leniency on the duo as they were the
first offenders and remorseful to whatever they did.
Mr Phiri said the duo were sorry that a life was lost owing to their
actions on the material day.
Passing a judgement in a fully packed court , Ms Justice
Kawimbe said it was regrettable that instead a fully uniformed police
officer including a police reserve protecting the lives of the people
they decided to commit an offence.
The judge said the duty of police officers was to protect rather
than harming the lives of the people.
“It is unfortunate that the fully uniformed police officer and a
police reserve who are suppose to protect the lives of the people are
perpetrating the crimes,” she said.
She said it was not disputable that the two beat up the decease which
led to her death after sexually abusing her.
Ms Justice Kawimbe, however, said she considered the mitigating that
the two committed the offence due to extenuating factors.
“Without extenuating factors, you would have been sentenced to death
but, however, I have sentence you to 25 years imprisonment with
hardlabour with effect from 17th August 2016 the date you were
arrested,”she stated in a two hour judgement.
After judgement, a woman believed to be a wife of Muntanga wailed.