Murder trial for Mzuzu Cops set for August 7

The High Court in Mzuzu has set August 7th 2012 for hearing a of a case in which six Police Officers from Mzuzu Police Station are alleged to have murdered Edison Msiska in Police Custody early this year.

The court set the date in its order after the State applied to vary the suspects’ bail conditions since their bail was due to expire on July 20th.

In granting bail on April 18th, the Court warned the State that the bail will fall out at the expiry of 90 days if the suspects are not brought for trial within the stated period.

Msiska was brutalised to death by Police. Photo-Nyasa Times

The development means bail has been extended by another 30 days.

According to notice of hearing dated 11th July, 2012 under criminal case number 13 of 2012, the State versus Inspector Gertrude Mukhondya, Constable Bertha Mtandi Chavula, Constable George Kamphe, Constable Joel Kapunda, Constable Lucious Mpakeni and Constable Victor Nsoloma,
proceedings will start at 9 am.

Msiska, a former Natural Resources College student, died on February 29 under mysterious circumstances.

But renowned Malawi Pathologist Doctor Charles Dzamalala, who was hired to do an autopsy, described Msiska’s death as the worst case of assault he had ever seen in his 13 year old career.

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