High Court adjourns Malawi cop murder case

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    The High Court sitting in Karonga has adjourned a murder case of Botswana national, Onkeme Ramasu, who is believed to have been shot dead by a Malawi Police Service (MPS) officer, Victor Chawinga, last year.

    Ghambi: Challenge autopsy

    Judge Esmie Chombo adjourned to give defense lawyer, Christone Ghambi, 14 days so he can put his arguments in writing.

    Ghambi challenged an autopsy done by College of Medicine based pathologist, Charles Dzamalala, saying because his client [Chawinga] was not present when it was being conducted; it was difficult to believe in its findings.

    According to a report by Dzamalala, Ramasu died after sustaining serious gunshots.

    “For those who saw the autopsy being conducted by Dzamalala it is easy to believe while for those that were not present would actually not believe it like we do. Therefore, it is our plea that the eight state witnesses be paraded in this court and not Dzamalala,” argued Ghambi.

    Ramasu was shot dead by Chawinga in June 2016 around Kibwe Roadblock in Karonga, and his body was later found floating in nearby river days later.

    Chawinga is said to have done the act after knowing that Ramasu had stacks of millions of cash in his bag.

    The body was then later taken to Karonga District Hospital where a postmortem was done and it was revealed that the deceased died due to suffocation.

    Trying to shield the whole issue, the police buried the body without the knowledge of the deceased’s relatives.

    But after Nyasa Times busted the crime a month later, the relatives of the deceased jetted into the country for verification and exhumed the body for a proper burial in Botswana.

    Chawinga hails from Mchinanguwo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikulamayembe in Rumphi District.

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