Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Eight S.O.D. Members Appear In Kitwe Magistrates Court

By Paul Shalala

It was an unusual day for eight teenagers of Kitwe’s Bulangililo township.

The tears in their eyes spoke volumes.

What was sad was that most of these teenagers are pupils at Ipusukilo Secondary School.

The group is suspected to be part of the Sons Of the Devil (SOD) criminal gang which has been terrorising Kwacha, Bulangililo and Kamitondo townships.

The group, which numbers in the 30s, is suspected of being behind some killings, school break-ins, beatings and other crimes.

The eight suspects appeared in the Kitwe Magistrate's Court on Friday for aggravated robbery.

These are Alick Mvula, Elvis Chola, Gift Chiyembe, Fashio Haluna and Saviour Mumba, among others.

It is alleged that on 13th January, 2018  whilst acting together and armed with offensive weapons, the eight stole K100 each from Benny Machinko.

Earlier, the teenagers pleaded with the court to grant them bail because schools are opening on Monday.

But the court refused them bail because the charge they are facing is not bailable and can only be tried in the High Court.

Meanwhile, there was drama at the court as some parents of the accused.

This was when the teenagers were being taken to Kamfinsa Correctional Facility after the matter was adjourned.

The parents, most of whom were female, could not control their emotions as they wept uncontrollably.

The matter has been adjourned to February 2, 2018 as the court awaits  instructions from  the  office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for committal to the High Court.

This is the second time suspected members of the SOD are being arrested and taken to court.

In 2015, 16 members of the notorious gang were arrested and convicted by the Kitwe Magistrate's Court.

However, they were given suspended sentences as most of them were scheduled to write their Grade seven examinations.

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