A 30-year-old man of Lusaka’s Ndeke Meanwood area, whose dogs viciously bit an eight year-old boy to death, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the Lusaka High Court.

In this matter, it is alleged that Womba Samakayi on July 14, this year in Lusaka, unlawfully did cause the death of the eight-year-old boy.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the offence before High Court Judge Mwape Bowa.

The matter comes up on December 10, this year, for commencement of trial.

According to a statement issued by Police public relations officer Esther Mwaata Katongo on July 14, the deceased died after he was bitten by three dogs belonging to Womba.

“It was reported that the owner of the dogs identified as Womba Samakayi opened the gate so that he could drive in, and in the process the dogs came out and attacked the victim who was walking on the road. The dogs have been shot dead by police. Owner of dogs in custody, while the rest of his family members have been evacuated to safety as an incensed crowd threatened to cause damage to the property, but officers quickly rushed there to save the situation,” stated Mwaata.

“The owner of the dogs Womba Samakai has been officially charged and arrested for the offence criminal reckless and negligent acts, contrary to Section 237(d) Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia. He has been released on police bond.”