10 August 2012

Zambia: Farm Worker Gets 18 Years for Indecent Assault

THE Kitwe High Court has sentenced a 28-year-old farm worker to 18 years imprisonment with hard labour for indecently assaulting a 51-year- old woman.

High Court Judge-in-charge Royda Kaoma sent to jail John Kayombo, a farm worker of Central Farms in Kitwe after she upheld his conviction by the lower court.

Ms Justice Kaoma was satisfied that there was overwhelming evidence against the accused person who indecently assaulted a named woman by dragging her into the bush where he pounced on her.

She said Kayombo's conduct should be condemned and that she found the matter to be aggravating.

The woman had testified that on September 6 last year, her husband had gone for business and around 16:00 hours, she was invited by Kayombo's mother to drink a local brew called 'Katata'.

She said they were later joined by Kayombo and after a drink up, she started off for her place around 20:00 hours.

After walking a distance of about 200 metres, she was suddenly grabbed by the chitenge material she was wearing and dragged in the bush.

The court heard that the woman tried to wrestle and asked him why he was treating her like that, but she tripped and fell down facing upwards.

Kayombo dragged her further in the bush as she was screaming for help, he overpowered her and undressed her.

She told the court that as the accused person was in the act, another man appeared and asked him to move off because she was old enough to be his mother.

The woman testified that Kayombo told the other man to leave him alone so that he could finish.

She said she had known Kayombo for 15 years and that he was her younger sister's former husband.

In his defence, Kayombo said while drinking beer, the woman went towards him and that out of fear that she would hurt him on his wound, he pushed her away.

He said he left the drinking place and went to his sister's place but was surprised that he was apprehended.

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