THE Ndola High Court has found a pastor of Chingola’s Evangel Pentecostal Assemblies of God Ministries with a case to answer for allegedly murdering his pregnant wife.
This is in a case in which Floyd Pule is charged with murder.
It is alleged that Pule, on February 10, this year, in Chingola, murdered Bahati Kabaghe.
He denied the charge.
In her ruling delivered on Monday, High Court judge Mary Mulanda said she is satisfied that the prosecution had established a prima facie case of murder against Pule to warrant him to be placed on his defence.
“After hearing testimonies from the prosecution witnesses, I find that they have established a prima facie case against the accused. I, hence find him with a case to answer and I, therefore, place him on his defence,” Mrs Justice Mulanda said.
During trial Vanessa Kalumba, who was Pule’s neighbour, narrated how she got scared and ran away after realising that Ms Kabaghe, who was eight months pregnant, was unconscious.
Ms Kalumba told the court that on the fateful morning, she found Ms Kabaghe unconscious in her living room next to a subwoofer, which was stained with blood.
She said Pule then allegedly asked her if she could help resuscitate his wife.
“When I got to the house, the accused was shaking the deceased’s body but she was not responding, so I lifted her head up. I noticed that there was blood oozing from her mouth. I also noticed that her tongue, which was protruding from the mouth, was swollen, hence I put her head down and ran away because I was scared after seeing that,” Ms Kalumba said.
She told the court that she then rushed out of the house and informed her husband about what was happening at Pule’s residence and that together they went there.
But before her husband and she could enter Pule’s house, she quickly rushed in to cover Ms Kabaghe because she was naked.
Ms Kalumba said efforts to resuscitate Ms Kabaghe failed and she was pronounced dead on arrival at Nchanga South Hospital.
And a pathologist from the Kitwe Central Hospital, who conducted the second post-mortem on April 15 this year, told the court that the body had bruises both in the middle and on the front part of the skull.
The pathologist testified that this could have been caused by either a deliberate fall to the ground or as a result of being hit by someone.
Dr Sadkovavska Olga, 49, told Mrs Justice Mulanda that the bruises in the middle part of the skull could, however, not be caused as a result of falling but that she could have been hit on the head by someone.
Pule will begin his defence case this Friday.