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Misonzi Chanthunya found with 3 cases to answer

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By Tiyese Monjeza:

The High Court in Zomba has found Misozi Chanthunya with a case to answer on the alleged murder of his Zimbabwean girlfriend Linda Gasa in 2010.

The High Court has also allowed the State to amend the charge sheet and add two more charges of perjury and hindering burial of a dead body on an earlier charge of murder which Chanthunya is answering.

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High Court Judge Zione Ntaba read out the ruling yesterday on behalf of High Court Judge Ruth Chinangwa who is handling the case but was not present.

The State had paraded 11 witnesses since the court proceedings started, where different people gave their testimonies in relation to the murder Gasa whose dead body was exhumed at Mwala Lodge in Monkey Bay, Mangochi District, after she reportedly went missing for some days.

The suspect’s lawyer, Michael Goba Chipeta, had earlier made an application for a stay order arguing that some procedures the State used to collect evidence violated Constitutional provisions but the High Court, through Judge Chinangwa, threw out Chanthunya’s challenge.

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Speaking after the court ruling, Chipeta said he needed time to read the full copy of the ruling to get a better understanding of the reasons pertaining to the High Court’s decision on the case.

“We made an application for a stay order pending an appeal at the Supreme Court but we wonder that the proceedings are still going on,” Chipeta said.

Lead State lawyer Steven Kayuni said he was satisfied with how the case was proceeding.

Pathologist Charles Dzamalala, in his testimony, said the autopsy he conducted on Gasa’s body showed that the deceased had four stab wounds and there were traces of poison in her body tissues.

Chanthunya left for South Africa when the police started investigating the matter.

However, the suspect, who is currently on bail, was arrested by Interpol in January 2010 in South Africa before he was extradited back to Malawi in March 2018.

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