Police pick nurse in connection with Catholic Priest’s murder

Police in Ndola has picked up a nurse to help with investigations in the matter involving the death of a Catholic Priest who was brutally attacked by unknown people near her house in Pamodzi Township.

Police have picked up Justina Luchele, the late priest’s alleged girlfriend who is a nurse at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital, to help with investigations.

Copperbelt Police Commanding Officer, Sharon Zulu confirmed the death of the 50 yearold Catholic priest.

Ms. Zulu said this follows a horrific discovery of Father Deodatus Mbebe’s injured body, 50 meters from Ms. Luchele’s home by some residents who sought anonymity. 

ZANIS reports that Ms. Zulu said the priest’s dead body was found in a pool of blood with multiple facial injuries and a concrete block believed to have been used to murder him beside his body.

She said the residents told police officers that on a material day around 21:30 hours they found the body lying on the ground facing upward with multiple head injuries and could not identify him.

Ms. Zulu added the residents did not hear anything apart from hearing the dogs barking within the neighborhood.

She said Father Mbebe’s body was later picked and deposited in the Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem

“On Sunday around 07: 00 hours, Fibobe ward councilor, Simon Muleba who is a childhood friend to Father Mbebe received a phone call from Ms. Justina Luchele, the alleged girlfriend of the deceased inquiring about the whereabouts of the boyfriend.

Upon receipt of the call, Mr. Muleba became concerned because he knew that the deceased was at her residence,” she said.

Ms. Zulu stated the alleged girlfriend, however, explained that the deceased left her place around 16:00hrs while driving her vehicle Toyota Corolla VVTI registration number ACV 8334 silver in color going to Ndola bowling club and never returned.

She disclosed that police also found two phones, and clothes including the Catholic Robe belonging to the late priest in Ms. Luchele’s home during the search. 

“During the search in her house, Police officers found the deceased’s clothes, including a Catholic Robe, shoes, two wristwatches, his portrait on the wall, and some documents,” she said.