Dead man’s fam­ily re­jects cops’ sui­cide claims

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

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.

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