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RELATIVES and friends sobbed and tears rained yesterday in Kabwe after the court heard that the taxi driver whose body was dumped in the bush was stabbed more than 20 times.
Family members and sympathisers wept during the court hearing as witnesses narrated how brutally a taxi driver was killed.
This is in a case in which Julius Nchinga, 32, of Kanyama in Lusaka and Aristo Lupiya 28 of Chibombo are jointly facing two counts of murder and aggravated robbery before Judge Elita Mwikisa.
It is allegedly that whilst acting together the duo murdered Gift Tembo, 28, on December 29, 2012 and dumped his body at a farm in Chibombo.
The two are allegedly to have gotten away with a Toyota Corolla registration number ACJ 1735 that Mr Tembo was driving.
During the commencement of trial yesterday, Scene of crime officer Peter Chilembo testified how the two accused persons separately led the investigations team to the incident scene where the body, a knife and car keys were recovered.
Mr Chilembo said that the accused person also demonstrated how he was tied while physical examination on the deceased body showed that he was stabbed around his neck, chest, abdominal, ribs and hands.
The officer also identified the two accused persons who were in court, a knife, car keys and motor vehicle and were submitted in court as part of his evidence.
And Aaron Sichali a soldier told the court that he was called to identify the body of Mr Tembo at Kabwe General hospital mortuary on January2, 2013 and saw that the body was covered with wounds and was swollen.
Mr Sichali who is the brother to Mr Tembo, testified that he observed cuts on his neck and the whole body.
Another witness who is the owner of the vehicle, Zachariah Chola told the court that he was shocked after the deceased failed to go and park the vehicle forcing him to inquire with Mrs Tembo and the police station.
He told the court after reporting the case to police he was told that it was too early to file a report and was asked to go back on December31, 2012 but on the same day of December30, 2012 he was called by flying squad to confirm a motor vehicle while which had been recovered in Chibombo.
And Judge Mwikisa wondered how the police could ask a person who had taken a report to the station to go back and come at another time when issues of missing person were supposed to be handled with all urgency it deserves.