Charles Kembo, a government-sponsored refugee from Malawi, accused of killing four people did so to profit from their identities: Crown


Man accused of killing four people did so to profit from their identities: Crown

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Prosecutors allege that a man on trial in B.C. for four counts of first-degree murder killed in order to profit financially from the stolen identities of his victims.

Charles Kembo is accused of killing his wife, step-daughter, girlfriend and business partner over a period of more than two years, starting in late 2002.

Malawi is among the world's least developed and most densely populated countries. Around 85% of the population live in rural areas. Its size is over 118,000 km2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of more than 13,900,000, with a growth rate of 2.75%, according to 2009 estimates. (Wikipedia)

Crown attorney Jennifer Oulton told the court that the accused obtained credit cards, bank accounts, companies and a life insurance policy totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Kembo, a government-sponsored refugee from Malawi who arrived in Canada in 1989, was arrested shortly after the body of the fourth victim, his step-daughter, was found in Richmond, B.C., in July 2005.

Oulton told the jury that Kembo’s wife’s body has never been found.

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