A LAWYER representing Zambia Army officer, Lieutenant Nigel Mwaba who is accused of murdering his lover Dr Tasila Tembo yesterday informed the Lusaka High Court that the accused has undergone an examination at Chainama Hills Mental Hospital, but the mental assessment report is not yet ready.
He said the hospital indicated that the report will either be ready by close of business yesterday, Thursday, or today, Friday.
In this matter, Mwaba is facing one count of murder.
It is alleged that the accused between October 24 and October 26, 2020 in Lusaka, murdered Dr Tembo.
He had, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge on February 1, this year, before Lusaka High Court Judge Wilfred Muma.
Mwaba, 33, had earlier on through his lawyer applied to be taken to Chainama Hospital for assessment for a condition called disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorder.
Disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorders is a condition which can cause people to behave angrily or aggressively toward people or property.
When the matter earlier came up for presentation of the report on February 15, 2021, Mwaba’s lawyer from Legal Aid Board Dr O’Brien Kaaba informed the Court that the mental assessment report was not ready and asked for an adjournment.
The matter was then adjourned to yesterday.
However, when the case came up yesterday, Dr Kaaba told the Court that his client had been duly examined, but that the report was still not yet ready.
He said that the examination concluded, Wednesday, and that report would be ready on either Thursday or Friday.
The lawyer, therefore, applied that the matter be adjourned.
Justice Muma adjourned the case to April 19, 2021, for the presentation of the report and possible commencement of trial.