The Zambian Observer

I found a glove stained with blood in Benos’ bathroom – Witness

A crime scene investigations officer has told the Lusaka High Court that he found some gloves; one stained with blood, in Tshabu Benos’ bathroom.

This is in a matter in which Benos is accused of murdering her lover Reeves Malambo after a dispute.

When the matter came up for continued trial before judge Gertrude Chawatama today, Modify Chompo said the gloves appeared to have been washed.

Chompo, who was based at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe police station at the time, narrated that Benos led, detective inspector Changwe, woman constable Bwalya and other senior police officers from Lusaka division to the scene of crime in Lusaka’s Ibex hill area.

Chompo said when he noticed a blood spot in her bedroom, Benos told him that Malambo fell on the floor after he was injured.

He testified that the bed was neat, intact and there were only few shoes that were scattered in the bedroom.

The officer narrated that when they entered the pantry which was in the bedroom, they found 23 pieces of cutlery which was kept on a black tray.

He said thereafter, he proceeded to inspect the bathroom where he found two gloves, one stained with blood.

Chompo testified that the gloves appeared to have been washed.

He said when he was led outside the house through the front door, he noticed a knife which was lying underneath the veranda.

Chompo said the knife had dry mud and he noticed two holes which were dug in the flower bed.

He said acting together with his colleagues, he submitted a knife, a glove and tissue which had blood stains and a stained shirt to forensic laboratory for further analysis.

Chompo said the results were not yet out as they were still undergoing analysis.

In cross examination, the officer denied of having circulated pictures online which were taken at the crime scene.

A defense lawyer quizzed Chompo as to why the pictures were published on Zambian Eagle stating that the scene was not secured.

But Chompo said the scene of crime was secured.

And when defense counsel reminded the witness that Benos’s house was broken into, Chompo said the break in was being investigated by a different office.

Trial continues.