A 32-YEAR-OLD mother of two has been sentenced to seven years simple imprisonment for dumping her newly born baby in a pit latrine.
This is in a case in which Lydia Mweshi is charged with infanticide contrary to section 203 of the Penal Code.
When the matter came up for sentencing, Ndola High Court judge Daniel Musonda convicted and sentenced Mweshi after she admitted the charge.
“I take note you are the first offender.You readily admitted the charge without wasting courts time. I also take note that you ended the life of an infant whose life was starting,” he said.
Earlier, State advocate, Innocent Kamunga said on December 9, last year, police in Chipulukusu received information that an infant had been dumped in a toilet.
Mr Kamunga said the information was received from a concerned member of the Chipulukusu community after the infant was heard crying while in the pit latrine.
He said acting on the information, police instituted through investigations which led to the apprehension of Mweshi.
Mr Kamunga said Mweshi was then taken to Ndola Teaching Hospital where it was confirmed by medical personnel that she had recently given birth.
He said on the same day the infant was retrieved with the help of the Fire Brigade and was taken to Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Mr Kamunga further informed the court that the postmortem conducted by Dr Volodymyr Petrenko revealed the cause of death of the child as asphyxia of the immature due to an undetermined cause.
“Subsequently, the accused was charged and arrested with the offence of infanticide. The accused person unlawfully did cause the death of the infant,” he said.
In her mitigations, Mweshi, through her lawyer, Mrs Bwalya said she regretted causing the death of her child.
Mrs Bwalya said the time spent in custody, Mweshi had time to reflect on her mischief and is ashamed of herself.
She said her client has two toddlers whom she left with mother and the same depend on her
“My Lord, my client has promised not to engage herself in criminality. She prays to the court to be lenient with her as the death of her baby will forever haunt her,” Mrs Bwalya said.
A former UTH labtech commits suicide in unclear circumstances.
A FORMER University Teaching Hospital (UTH) laboratory technician has committed suicide in unclear circumstances.
Briden Kakonkanya is believed to have resided in Kaunda Square stage one of Lusaka.
In a media statement, Police spokespersoon Rae Hamoonga said Mr Kakonkanya’s body was discovered by Lubasi Namangulwa aged 35 of house number 26/16 Ng’ombe compound, a Security officer employed by Pre secure who on his way from work.
He said Mr Namangulwa discovered Mr Kakonkanya’s body hanging lifeless from a tree with a green rope tied around his neck.
Mr Hamoonga said the suicide is suspected to have occurred between Sunday 17th October,2021 at unknown time and Monday 18th October,2021 around 07:00 hours at Munali Secondary School grounds in Lusaka.
He said the scene was visited and officers found Mr Kakonkanya’s body.
He said the deceased is suspected to be aged between 50 and 55.
Mr Hamoonga said no foul play was suspected.
“Upon reaching UTH mortuary, the deceased body was identified as Mr Kakonkanya a former employee of UTH laboratory who worked as a laboratory technician and resided in Kaunda Square stage one of Lusaka.The deceased body was deposited in UTH mortuary awaiting post mortem,” he said.
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NAREP president Stephen Nyirenda in property legal battle with wife
NATIONAL Restoration Party (NAREP) president Stephen Nyirenda has sued his wife Lesa Kasoma in the Lusaka High Court for forging his signature and fraudulently adding her name to his property title deed.
In a statement of claim, Nyirenda who is Muvi television proprietor, wants the court to nullify the title deed for his farm in Roma township because his wife allegedly added herself as a joint tenant.
He also wants the court to order cancellation of the certificate of title of Subdivision A of Subdivision No 175 of Farm No 44a situated in Roma, Lusaka issued in his wife’s name as a joint tenant because she forged his signature.
And Nyirenda wants the court to compel the Ministry of Lands to re-issue the certificate of title in his name as it appeared prior to the fraudulent deed of moiety lodged on June 19, 2019 by Lesa.
He is further claiming damages for loss of commercial business opportunity and pecuniary benefit suffered during the joint tenancy and any other reliefs the court might deem fit.
Nyirenda explained that he bought the farm in 1995 and started developing on it in 1996.
He stated that he uses the place for commercial transaction with local banking institutions.
Nyirenda stated that he moved into the premises in 2001 and his wife had beenstaying at the same place.
He stated that he noticed the title deed of the farm was missing and when he asked his wife about it, she never gave
a proper answer but kept on changing on its whereabouts until he threatened to report her to the police.
Nyirenda stated that she surrendered the title deed to him on August 27, 2021 but it looked new and had an additional of his wife’s name.
He stated that Lesa forged his signature, adding that she was in a habit of forging his signature on documents to suit her needs.
Nyirenda stated that he has never executed a deed of moiety with Lesa over the farm and the signature purported to be his appearing on the deed of moiety was forged and fraudulently obtained.