Crime & Court

Witness Alleges That Note in Child’s Handwriting Read: ‘Daddy Had Poisoned Mummy’

Witness told the court, he made sure the children were taken away from their home before accused was taken by Police and their mother’s body was taken.
22 Apr 2021 09:58
Witness Alleges That Note in Child’s Handwriting Read: ‘Daddy Had Poisoned Mummy’
Kiala Henri Lusaka, left, is escorted by a Police officer. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A note with a child’s hand writing was allegedly found by a prosecution witness.

Former United Nations Regional Security Advisor Charles O’Hanlon said he found a note in a child’s handwriting that said ‘Daddy had poisoned mummy’.

Mr O’Hanlon gave witness via Skype in the murder trial of Congo national Kiala Lusaka.

Mr O’Hanlon continued to give evidence on how he entered the home of the couple with Police on July 23, 2019.

He said he and a Police officer went to the couple’s home and found that the curtains were drawn and the door was shut.

He said he knocked on the door and there was no response, but then he saw the curtains move.

He said it was then that he started banging on the side of the door.

He said he had a brief interaction with Lusaka who opened the door but did not open the grill.

He said Lusaka was aggressive, agitated and seemed highly alert.

Mr O’Hanlan said after the brief interaction, Lusaka went down the passage and into his bedroom.

He said he saw the couple’s three children sitting near the passage and he coaxed the eldest to pass him the keys which he used to open the grill and enter the house.

He said after asking Lusaka to come out, they broke the door to gain entry.

In the bedroom he saw Jennifer Downes who was motionless with coins placed on her eyes and next to her lay Lusaka with an electric wire connected to the powerpoint leading to a bowl of water near to his leg.

He said he tried to resuscitate Ms Downes but was unsuccessful and when he tried to do the same for Lusaka, he realised that he was alive.

He told the court that he made sure the children were taken away from their home before Lusaka was taken by Police and Ms Downes’s body taken.

Lusaka is charged with the murder of his wife Jennifer Downes at their flat in Service Street in Suva. The trial continues today.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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