13 November 2012

Zambia: Chinese Boss Acquitted in Worker's Ear Slicing Case

LUSAKA Principal Magistrate Aridah Chuulu has acquitted a Chinese national who allegedly sliced his worker's ear but warned him against taking advantage of casual workers.

Douglas Mwila, 24, on October 19, this year had his ear sliced using a metal object by his supervisor Guo Haisheng at China Jiagxi while on duty.

But Mr Mwila yesterday told the court that he was withdrawing the matter because Guo had asked for forgiveness and was remorseful of his action.

He said Gou had been giving him financial assistance from the time he was injured.

Mr Mwila who told the court that there were no conditions attached to the withdrawal of the assault case insisted that the forgiveness was coming from "deep down his heart".

Mr Mwila on October 23 this year told the court that he was demanding K50 million from the Chinese national as a condition for him to withdraw the matter.

When the matter came up for commencement of trial yesterday, Mr Mwila informed the court that since Guo was remorseful of his action and had asked for forgiveness, he was asking the court to withdraw the matter.

Ms Chuulu later acquitted Guo and warned him against taking advantage of his casual workers.

Guo, 45, a bricklayer of Chinese Centre, Mass Media area, was arrested on October 19, 2012, after he allegedly assaulted Mr Mwila at Twin Palm Zambia Air Force base where they had been engaged to construct houses.

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