MAN FAKES OWN DEATH TO ESCAPE PROSECUTION
A young man of Lusaka aged 18 has faked his death to avoid being prosecuted. Emmanuel Belama is in this matter jointly charged with three others over alleged possessing of prescribed trophies. When they wanted to resume the matter and proceed with trial in February, 2022 before Lusaka resident magistrate Felix Kaoma, Belama was not present in court.
One of his sureties Raymond Hakaloba, stood up to the court and informed the court that the accused was not present because he had allegedly died while in Katete in January this year. The person taking responsibility told the court that Belama’s two female relatives had given him the accused’s death certificate which he then presented before court. Magistrate Kaoma then adjourned the case for return of bench warrant against Belama.
Just after the case had been resumed last week for return of bench warrant, a public prosecutor Aaron Tuntuluka took the news to the court that the accused was arrested from Katete and was before court. The Prosecutor also revealed to the court that the ccused’s death certificate was forged. Magistrate Kaoma cancelled the accused’s police bond and discharged his sureties.
The two women who had presented the forged death certificate to court will also to be charged with uttering a false document. Trial resumes on April 11, 2022.
Salute: Diamond TV