Police in Mzimba are keeping in custody three men and a woman for murderering Maxson Banda 37, of Nkhata village T/A Mnyanje in Kasungu.
The suspects are identified as Standwell Mhone 26, of Kanyeramalo village, Fiskani Gondwe 27 of Kaponda village, Army Gwaza Kaluwa 39, of Gomani Mkandawire village, and Agness Mbeye 44, of Kanyeramalo all from T/A Mmbelwa in the district.
Maxson Banda got employed by Agness Mbeye in May 2022, as a Cattle herder and they were staying together at her house.
On May 23, 2022 Agness Mbeye suspected that her worker Maxson Banda (now deceased) stole assorted items and these include beddings and clothes. This prompted Mbeye to hand over Banda to members of community policing in the area for interrogation.
The members started assaulting Banda in the process and later one of the members, Standwell Mhone took Banda in a Toyota Dyna one and half tonner and drove him off and dumped him in a forest along the Mzimba Kasungu M1road near Embangweni turn off.
Banda was seen by a passers by who took him and dropped at Mzimba turn off. Another well wisher took him to Mzimba police station where he revealed everything before being referred to Mzimba District Hospital where he was admitted but died on Sunday the 29th, 2022.
Postmoterm results revealed that Banda died due to severe assault.
Police in the district are advising members of the community not to take law into their hands because doing so is an offence and all perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted.