HIGH Court Judge Yvonne Chembe has sentenced a Samfya couple to death for murdering a 2-year-old child and extracting his heart for sale.
Sitting in Mansa, Judge Chembe passed the judgment yesterday.
This is in a matter which 27-year-old Bonaventure Mwewa and his wife and Esnart Mwewa aged 22 both of Kabanga village were facing one count of murder.
Judge Chembe observed that there was overwhelming evidence that the duo were guilty of murdering Osward Chola contrary to section 200 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
She said the accused persons acted with a common purpose of acquiring a human heart which they had plans to sale and make money.
Judge Chembe further observed that the co-accused did not show any remorse when they were given chance to defend themselves and that both of them have traits of a psychopath who only think of themselves.
She added that both the accused persons were a danger to society as they thought they were clever to get away with anything but they needed to be taken away from the face of society.
Judge Chembe said she was satisfied with the prosecution’s evidence that was brought forth through by the state witnesses that the co-accused did kill the boy Osward Chola.
“I have since found the co-accused guilty as charged and sentence them to death by hanging,” she concluded.
The couple was arrested early this year after their attempt to sell a human heart to a prominent Samfya businessman misfired.