Zambia Police

A 78 year old woman identified as Catherine Phiri of Chief Mumbi of Petauke District has allegedly been murdered by her biological daughter reported to be a mental patient.

The incident happened between 20th February, 2019 at 19:00 hours and 21st February, 2019 at 11:00 hours in Chief Mumbi of Petauke District.

The suspect has been identified as Rosemary Phiri aged 51 years.

Before her death, the victim narrated to members of the public who found her with deep cuts on the head and fractured left hand that her daughter now the suspect was the one who injured her.

The victim died before she could be rushed to the hospital.

Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo who confirmed the development said when police visited the scene of crime, they found the victim already dead.

Mrs. Katongo said the suspect was picked and she is detained in Police custody for the offence of murder while the body of the deceased is in Petauke District Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem and burial.

She said initial investigations have revealed that the accused person is a mental patient and has been staying with the deceased person however no medical documents have been availed to police.

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  1. This is sad. However, why is the suspect still in detention even after ‘initial investigations have revealed that the accused person is a mental patient’?. I would have expected that the police would by now handed over the same to medical authorities to determine if she is indeed a mental patient and if so get her commenced on the appropriate treatment.

    The neglect of mental health services in Zambia is appalling. This murder is a result of such neglect.

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  2. Such living scenarios are common in villages…. Its quite sad coz where can one take their own who are mentally sick….its the mother, she gets to suffer with her says the relatives…..its quite sad indeed….people live in squalor I tell you and nobody cares…..each for themselves and God for us all they say.

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  3. May her soul rest in peace and hopefully the ZP will give and support the suspect in seek medical attention for her own security and that of the public at large. Its a tragic.

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  4. May her soul rest in peace, how can you lock up someone who is mentally unstable? Does she need to be treated first then you can do what follows?

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  5. This woman should be in a mental institution instead of a police cell. How is arresting her going to help, May her mother rest in peace.

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    • Retire these officers in the interest of mentability. May be the patient in police mental hospital is really sick but abena Chipata bonse ma murderers kumwena fye Ku mitekele. Please Zambians NEVER again should you go that route. Madness iyo mulemona?

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  6. I am not sure whats happening here, first we re told the suspect is the daughter to the deceased person, and secondly the same daughter is believed to have a mental illness. How the hell can a responsible police officer decide to put the suspect in remand custody instead of sending her for mental health assessments to ascertain whether or not she is mentally sound?? Anyway, mu Zambia such is possible… but this really sucks!!!!! MHSRIP.

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  7. “It is believed that the suspect has mental illness” the police do not have enough evidence to show that indeed the suspect is mentally ill. Therefore, the police will detain the suspect until medically proven that indeed the suspect has broken wires in her head which need to be reconnected. Of course the police will take the suspect to Chinama for mental examination, as for now she is a suspect and suspects are detained. Am neither a police man nor lawyer but that’s how I look at this situation

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  8. This is sad. However, why is the suspect still in detention even after ‘initial investigations have revealed that the accused person is a mental patient’?. I would have expected that the police would by now handed over the same to medical authorities to determine if she is indeed a mental patient and if so get her commenced on the appropriate treatment.

    The neglect of mental health services in Zambia is appalling. This murder is a result of such neglect.

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  9. We need to create a special cell for politicians with mental illness before they start killing us. Top on the list; Chishimba Kambwili, Mumbi Phiri, Martha Mushipe and Freedom Sikazwe.

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