A 68 year old fisherman was killed by a crocodile in Lweya River in Nkhata Bay District between 12 – 15 September.
The deceased, Harrisson Banda, 68, hailed from Chiole Village in the area of Traditional Authority Fukamalaza in Nkhata Bay District.
The incident is believed to have occurred between September 12-15, 2020 after the dead body was discovered.
Chikuku Banda, brother to Harrison Banda (deceased) said on September 12, 2020 in the afternoon, Harrison went to Lweya River to fish.
“Since that day, Harrison went missing until on September 15, 2020 when his dead body was found floating in the river with his right hand chopped off and left arm severely injured,” Banda said.
Banda also said they reported the matter to Chintheche Police and the officers accompanied by a game ranger visited the scene.
“Tooth biting marks that were seen on the dead body helped the game ranger and police officers to conclude that the man was attacked by a crocodile,” he said.
According to autopsy done at Chintheche Rural Hospital, death was due to suffocation in course of struggle to escape the attack.
Meanwhile Police in the district are advising all fishermen to avoid fishing in places inhabited by crocodiles to avoid similar incidences.