An 8 -year -old juvenile of Mafinga District in Muchinga Province has accidently shot to death his young brother.
Meanwhile, the father to the victim and deceased who’s believed to be the owner of the gun which was used in the shooting is believed to have gone into hiding in the neighboring Malawi.
Muchinga Police Commissioner Chola Katanga who confirmed the shooting to ZANIS in Mafinga yesterday, said the incident occurred on 17th January 2018 at around 08:00 hours at Chimalila Village in Chief Mwenechifungwes’ area.
He said the male juvenile shot dead his young brother aged 4 years of the same abode using a homemade Muzzle Loader gun after he picked up the said gun which fired accidentally just after picking it blowing off the his brothers head.
Mr Katanga explained that according to the findings from police officers that visited the scene of crime, the head of the deceased’s body and scalp were blown off together with the brains and were completely separated from the body.
He further explained that the walls and floor of the house were the shooting took place was completely covered with stains of splashed clots of blood.
The Police Commissioner added that Police investigations further revealed that the father to the deceased, Wamanya Kaonga who has since fled to Malawi, has illegally owned the said Muzzle Loader gun which was found beside the body of the deceased juvenile.
Mr Katanga further revealed that the officers also learnt that the mother to the deceased, Anna Nalwimba and the second wife Irene Nalwimba, had gone to the field leaving the deceased with his elder brother who later picked up the said gun which fired accidentally just after picking it up.
He said a docket of murder against the male juvenile has been opened and will be forwarded to the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) for advice considering the age of the assailant.
Mr Katanga said the father to the children who is the owner of the firearm will be charged for the offence of failing to secure a firearm and unlawful possession of the same.
Commissioner Katanga said the firearm and the expanded ammunition have also been recovered and kept as exhibits.