24 October 2012

Zambia: 'Porn Artist' Iris Kaingu Convicted

MMD vice-president Michael Kaingu's daughter, Iris, was yesterday convicted by the courts of law for manufacturing obscene materials.

Iris, who is a former student at the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) wept after Resident Magistrate, Prince Mwiinga convicted her for the weird offence.

The 20-year-old broke down after it became apparent that she was destined for Lusaka Central Prison, commonly known as 'Chimbokaila', while waiting for her sentence which the court reserved for tomorrow.

Iris, who featured in a 16-minute pornographic video that was widely circulated through the internet last year, was initially composed but could not remain calm much longer as themagistrate went on delivering the judgment.

Mr Mwiinga rejected an application for bail as Iris wept on her way out of the dock to the holding cell.

A female police officer in the company of two policemen later led Iris to 'Chimbokaila'.

In contrast to the smiles during trial, she was crestfallen as she was led across the road to the prison while sympathisers who usually mobbed her kept a distance in utter shock.

Iris, along with a male, featured in a sex video released late last year which resulted in her expulsion from ZCAS and was subsequently charged with the offence of making obscene material tending to corrupt morals.

Between December 2010 and November last year in Lusaka, Iris did make obscene cinematography films tending to corrupt morals.

But Iris, who denied the charge, said she had no intention of corrupting anybody's morals.

Mr Mwiinga said she was convicting Iris because the sex video in question was likely to corrupt morals of people who were likely to watch it.

The magistrate said he had viewed the video and had no doubt that the woman seen in the video was Iris and that she was aware of the recording.

"I was occasioned to view the video in camera and I saw a woman who was completely naked with a man whose image was not properly seen. There was sexual intercourse between two adults, a male and female. It paused at some point but later resumed while songs were being played during the sexual encounter.

"The woman showed her face in a manner which clearly demonstrated that she was aware about the recording and at the end of the video the woman's image was clear and that woman is theaccused," Mr Mwiinga said.

He said he found everything wrong in two adult persons recording a video while having sexual intercourse.

Iris' lawyer, Christopher Mundia, in his mitigation, asked the court to exercise lenience because the former student had suffered trauma and ridicule.

The matter, Mr Mundia said, had received massive publicity in the media.

Mr Mundia said Iris also lost her professional career of being an accountant, adding that his client was remorseful of her deeds.

After her conviction, Mr Mundia applied to have his client released on bail pending sentencing, but Mr Mwiinga rejected the application.

Iris was later taken to Lusaka Central Prison where she awaits sentencing tomorrow.

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