Dead man’s family rejects cops’ suicide claims
THE Family of the late Douglas Ngosa who was found dead in a police cell in Mufulira on April 30 has refuted claims by police that the deceased committed suicide.
The late Mr Ngosa was found dead in a cell at a community police post located at Ronald Ross General Hospital in Mufulira. The police insist he killed himself using his T-shirt.
But the family has rejected the explanation by police on the circumstances that led to the death of Mr Ngosa, saying his death was a result of police brutality.
Copperbelt police commissioner charity Katanga on 11 May explained that Mr Ngosa committed suicide in a cell using his T-shirt.
She had explained that he may have banged his head against the wall in the process of struggling as he hanged himself, resulting in the blood clot revealed by the post-mortem.
But Mr Ngosa’s close relative Rabison Ngosa told the Daily Nation that the family was disappointed with Ms Katanga’s statement and accused her of misleading the general public.
Mr Ngosa said the family was disappointed with the police for not fully investigating the matter as they believed that Mr Ngosa died due to police brutality.
And Catholic Commission for justice and peace (CCJP) has ordered for the arrest of the police officer who was on duty the night Mr Ngosa died.
CCJP paralegal Francis Mvula said it was traditional for police to build defence whenever they were involved in shielding one another.
He said the higher ranks in the police should intervene and not cover criminals by creating special laws for police officers.