Mother recounts horrific dog attack on her son


A MOTHER of an 8-year-old boy who was attacked and killed by three dogs in Lusaka’s Meanwoood Area back in July recounted the horror in an emotional court testimony on Tuesday.

Agatha Phiri, 26 told Court judge Mwape Bowa that she rushed to the scene of the attack and found the three beasts mauling son Gift Phiri.

Agatha’s testimony was chilling and emotional.

This is in a matter where Womba Samakayi of meanwood area is accused of causing the death of Gift Phiri on July 14 ,2019.

Agatha narrated that on the material day she was doing her laundry around 12:00 hours when one of her son’s friends went to her house and asked her child to go and play.

She allowed her child to go and play with his friends not knowing she was seeing him for the last time

As she continued with her laundry, her son’s friends returned home and reported that Gift had been attacked by dogs.

Agatha said she rushed to the scene, which was four houses behind her house and found three German Shepards tearing her son.

“When I got closer, my son had stopped struggling, I screamed and people came to my aid,” Agatha said.

She said that one of the onlookers who rushed to the scene picked a stone and hit one of the dogs.

The boy’s mother further narrated that upon being stoned, the dogs let go of her son and ran back to Samakayi’s yard.

“One of the neighbours offered a vehicle so that we could rush to chelston police to report the matter,”

“I carried my son and made him lie on my laps and we went to the police station. When we reached at the police station and one of the well wishers who came to my rescue rushed into the offices and reported the incident as I could not disembark from the vehicle,” she testified.

“After reporting the matter we rushed to levy Mawanawasa General Hospital hospital where a doctor pronounced Gift dead. I was advised to wait for the police to come and deposit his corpse in the mortuary. Later the police came and the deposited my son’s body in the mortuary,” Agatha narrated.

She added that she found her son being attacked by dogs in one of the neighbour’s yard which had no gate.

Agatha told judge Bowa that the dogs had torn Gift’s neck adding that one of his eyes was plucked out and the skin on his forehead was peeled off and exposed the skull.

And Oti Soko a shopkeeper who witnessed part of the incident said that on the material day while attending to customers, he saw Samakayi drive by his shop which was 80 metres opposite the accused’s house.

Soko told justice Bowa that Samakayi parked his car at the gate to his yard and open the gate so that he could park it inside.

He narrated that when Samakayi opened his gate, three dogs ran out and went towards the direction where the children were playing on the road.

Soko said Samakayi called the dogs back but they did not obey him despite being their master. He said Samakayi drove inside the yard parked his car and later followed the dogs.

“later, I saw Samakayi and his wife coming back to their yard, while Samakayi was holding his head with two hands facing down. (holding his head) , l knew something had happened,” Soko said.

Soko said he went to Kamwala to play music, and whilst he was in Kamwala Soko received a phone call from a neighbour that one of the children had been mauled to death by Samakayi’s dogs.

“The dogs belong to Samakayi, he would move with them in chains. He had two black and a brown dog. He would come with different dogs to my shop,” Soko said in cross examination.

“Samakayi’s house is about 80 metres from the shop and noticed what had happened through the window which we use to service customers”.

He said it was the first time that the dogs attacked someone and refuted claims that the children stoned or whistled to the animals.Soko added that Samakayi never let the dogs loose.

Trial continues on December 31, 2019.


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