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Court favours State in Chanthunya’s case

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WITNESSED PROCEEDINGS—Chipeta (right) and
Chanthunya (middle)

The High Court in Zomba has authorised the State in the murder case of Linda Gasa to start parading its witnesses.

Misozi Chanthunya is being accused of having killed his girlfriend Gasa in August 2010.

Earlier yesterday, lawyer for Chanthunya, Michael Goba Chipeta, raised an application of stay but the court declined this.

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The State’s first witness, Jessie Kachale, told the court that she last spoke to the deceased on August 4 2010 at around 6pm.

She told the court that Gasa was her sister-in-marriage.

However, Kachale lined up the events that happened between the day when the deceased went missing to her burial day.

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Among other things, the witness told the court that police assisted them to discover the body of the late Gasa.

Kachale, who was in tears, also said that Gasa’s body was buried in Zimbabwe and it was in a decomposed state.

State lead lawyer, Steven Kayuni, said the State was happy that the trial had commenced in the case.

“In total, we had 17 witnesses but we later trimmed them to 11. However, we are happy that we have started parading our witnesses,” Kayuni said.

However, Chipeta said they will go ahead with the appeal.

“Every person has a right to appeal. So in this case we are going ahead with the appeal because we have already filed the notice of appeal at the High Court. We will take the file to the Supreme Court,” Chipeta said.

Meanwhile, High Court Judge Ruth Chinangwa has adjourned the case to this morning.

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