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Misonzi Chanthunya goes to ‘crime scene’

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Investigators from the Malawi Police Service (MPS) on Saturday took murder suspect, Misozi Chanthunya, to the lakeshore district of Mangochi in the process of unearthing evidence on the death of his then reported girlfriend Linda Gasa.

Sources indicate that the investigations’ team went to the alleged crime scene, which happens to be the suspect’s family cottage, where Gasa’s body was found entombed in a concrete bathtub on September 16 2010.

According to inside sources, before the Mangochi journey, Chanthunya was in custody at Lilongwe Police Station.

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Chanthunya arrived in the country on Thursday last week after eight years in South Africa, where he was located by International Police in January 2012.

However, Deputy National Police spokesperson, Thomeck Nyaude, could not talk about the investigation but said the suspect is in police custody and has now been duly charged.

The suspect had not been cautioned as he fled to South Africa before police could do so.

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“Just know that we have charged him with murder and we will let you know when he is expected to be in court. That is all I can say,” Nyaude said.

Through a South African court, Chanthunya challenged his extradition, arguing that he would be sentenced to death as capital punishment remains intact in the laws of Malawi.

Locally, his lawyer was fighting for bail at the High Court in Lilongwe but the court dismissed the application.

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