It is no longer a secret that the cause of death of one Miss Kottana Maria Chidyaonga was poison; and not a snake as was earlier reported, thanks to forensic autopsy results. This has led to the arrest of three suspects
According to the results of the forensic autopsy conducted by Dr. Charles Dzamalala, Chidyaonga, who died mysteriously on January 4, 2020 in Lilongwe, did not die of snake bite which her family and friends were made to believe.
“The death was from unnatural causes. It was due to generalised haemolysis following acute poisoning with a pesticide called termik, an organophosphate compound that is found in most hardware/flee market shops in the country.”
“In human beings, termik disables the central nervous systems and also leads to haemolysis. Both of these actions are fatal. Based on the circumstances surrounding this death, this incidence of acute poisoning is most probably due to a homicidal act rather than a suicidal or accidental act.”
The story of the snake bite lacks scientific evidence and is therefore, best ignored as a typical snakebite wound is visibly fresh, leads to swelling from about quarter of an hour after the bite and takes specific shapes. The alleged snakebite wound on the body of late Chidyaonga lacked all of these classical supporting features on the skin surface both grossly and microscopically,” reads the report in part.
Towards the end of last festive season, the nation was saddened and maddened with the news of the death of 23 year old Chidyaonga’s who reportedly died after being bitten by a snake at her boyfriend’s house.
The three that have been arrested are Timothy Mtilosanje aged 28 from Mkungula village , Traditional Authority Kuntumanji, Zomba the boyfriend of the deceased ; 29 year old Gilbert Kamaliza from Mbamba Village T/A Mkumpha in Likoma and 23 year old Diana Bhangwanji from Khulira Village T/A Thilamanja in Mulanje.
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