2 arrested for murder over beer dispute

Police in Nkhotakota have arrested two men in connection to the death of a relation who was severely assaulted after they picked a quarrel over unrevealed issue.

Nkhotakota Police Spokesperson, Kaitano Lubrino, identified the two suspects as 34-year-old Moffat Bendulo and Peshani Saka, 33, who are alleged to have committed the offence on the night of 14th and 15th January, 2014.

The duo is accused of having a hand in the death of 32-year-old Sonyezani Bendulo young brother and in-law to Moffat and Peshani, respectively.

According to police, earlier on January 14th the two suspects went for a beer drinking episode at Lubwe Trading Centre while the deceased took it alone to Linga Trading Centre for the same.

Kaitano Lubrino : Police arrested the two suspects
Kaitano Lubrino : Police arrested the two suspects

“The deceased arrived home late night followed by the suspects and they were all drunk. Whilst at home, a wrangle ensued between the three resulting in a fierce fight,” said the police publicist.

The departed was reportedly overpowered by the two suspects who later tied him to a tree and whipped him comprehensively until he became too weak and ceased speaking.

An eye witness, sister to the deceased, told police the time the three arrived home she was fast asleep but was waken up by the noise from the two parties’ arguments.

When she went outside the house, explained the eye witness, she discovered that her husband (Peshani), Moffat and the departed in warring mood with the deceased carrying an axe which she swiftly snatched.

The woman explained to police that when the suspects discovered the victim’s situation had worsened they dragged him to Village Headman Chimchire, a few meters from their house.

The suspects told the village head the victim was causing untold problems at their home hence their decision to temporarily detain him at the chief’s home. The victim was reportedly left outside the chief’s resident until next morning and he passed on later in the day.

A postmortem conducted at Nkhotakota District Hospital revealed that the deceased died due to serious head injuries and a fractured jaw.

Police immediately arrested the suspects and charged them with murder which is against section 209 of the penal code.

The police publicity Lubrino said “few minutes before burial the police arrived at scene to confirm reports that the deceased was murdered by his relatives while contradicting to other reports which said the departed died of epilepsy.

Moffat and Peshani, who all hail from Sasani 2 village, T/A Malengachanzi in the district, are currently waiting to appear before Nkhotakota Magistrate Court anytime.

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