A juvenile has told the Lusaka High Court that she heard her cousins crying after murder-accused Mirriam Mulenga administered an insecticide called Doom to them.
In this case, Mulenga is accused of killing two of her three children aged one and five on January 24 this year.
Testifying before judge Getrude Chawatama yesterday was a Matero Girls Secondary School grade 10 pupil who narrated that following a power outage in evening on the fateful day, Mulenga, who is her aunt, asked her children to follow her to the bedroom.
The Juvenile testified that after Mulenga took her children to the bedroom, she proceeded to the kitchen to wash dishes.
She narrated that whilst she was washing dishes, two women visited her aunt and invited her to a funeral in the neighbourhood but Mulenga refused on account that she had a headache.
The juvenile testified that after some time, she heard one of her cousins calling for help.
She said she noticed that the cries were unusual and she rushed to the bedroom to see what was going on.
The 17-year-old narrated that when she entered the bedroom, she found Mulenga and her children crying.
She said when she asked her aunt what had happened, she responded that she administered Doom to her children and that she had equally consumed the insecticide.
The juvenile said Mulenga asked her to call her friend Sabina but unfortunately she was not home and she instead told Sabina’s sister about what had transpired.
The girl said when she rushed back home, she noticed one of the children was bleeding from the nose.
She said she rushed her cousin to a nearby shop and gave him milk but it did not help as the bleeding was excessive.
And Mirriam’s husband Costa Sikazwe told the court that whilst waiting for goat meat at a place called Shadrek in Matero, one of his nephews ran to him and told him that his wife and children had consumed Doom.
Sikazwe said when he went home, he noticed a crowd and the victims laying helpless on the ground.
He testified that he rushed the victims to Chingwere Clinic where two of his children were pronounced dead.
Sikazwe also refuted assertions that his wife attempted suicide saying she was traumatised owing to some challenges in their marriage.