Lusaka High Court has heard that a woman charged with murder intentionally poured hot water on her neighbour’s child following a dispute with its mother.
Before judge Mungeni Mulenga was Esther Yamba, who is facing murder contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that Yamba on June 2, poured hot water on three-year-old Mirriam Nakamba following a dispute with the deceased’s mother, which resulted in the child’s death 14 days later.
The child suffered severe burns on the head, buttocks, hands, legs and chest.
Yamba, however, pleaded not guilty.
Testifying in the case, Lillian Mwila, 20, the deceased’s mother, narrated that her child was burnt on June 2, and that she died two weeks later at UTH.
She told the court that on the fateful day, she fought with the accused who told one of her aunties that she used to visit men with her daughter.
Mwila said Yamba’s lies caused her aunt to rebuke her but that she explained that what she was told were lies.
She said she then decided to follow the accused to her house to query her about the lies she had told her aunt.
Later, the two went back to Mwila’s house where a fight ensued after the accused slapped Mwila on the face.
The court heard that the accused then went outside and upon her return in the house, the child screamed that she had been burnt by Yamba using water which Mwila had put on a brazier for her bath.
The court further heard that when Mwila and others rushed outside, they found the accused standing with an empty pot.
Mwila told the court that they decided to rush the child to Chilenje Clinc where they were referred to UTH, but she died after two later.
Yamba was then arrested and charged with murder.