By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
FOUR former Twin Palm Secondary School pupils accused of killing 17-year-old Ryan Phiri using golf sticks last year have been found with a case to answer by the Lusaka High Court.
In this matter, Nsokolo is charged with three juveniles of killing a Kabulonga Boys Secondary school Grade 12 pupil, Ryan on December 4, 2020. The quartet however denied the charge of murder. Eleven witnesses testified in the matter.
Judge Sharon Newa in her ruling yesterday said the evidence in court indicated that there was a fracas involving the two schools that resulted in the assault and consequent death of Ryan.
Ms Justice Newa said in as much as she was alive to the submissions made by the State that only Nsokolo was positively identified as having been at the scene of crime by witnesses, however the evidence given by the arresting officer with regard the investigations established that there is a case to answer.
She said on the perusal of evidence in totality from four witnesses, there was established evidence the four accused should answer to.
“Having found that there is evidence to which the accused must answer to, I accordingly place all the accused persons on their defence for the offence of murder,” she ruled.
The four will open their defence on June 16, this year.