19 December 2012

Zambia: Drama At Kabwe Court

THERE was drama outside the Kabwe magistrate's court after a woman who is alleged to have been stabbed on her private parts by a soldier wept uncontrollably and confronted a medical doctor accusing him of not telling the truth during his testimony.

This is in a case involving Thabo Situmbeko, 28, of Tug Argan Barracks in Ndola who is appearing in court for two counts of attempted rape and unlawful wounding.

On February 9, this year Situmbeko is alleged to have stabbed the woman on her private parts using a bayonet.

When the case came up for continued trial, a witness, Anaclet Tshimpanga from Kabwe Mine Hospital testified that the instrument used was not sharp but blunt.

Magistrate Smart Mweene is presiding over the case.

During examination-in-chief, Dr Tshimpanga testified that the woman sustained life-threatening wounds and that if she was not taken to the hospital on time she could have died.

He, however, said that the object used in the assault was blunt.

After the witness walked out of the courtroom, the woman confronted him as she wept.

She challenged Dr Tshimpanga that she was ready to undress for him to see that the injuries were inflicted using a sharp object.

The confrontation attracted scores of onlookers but Dr Tshimpanga remained mute.

The matter has since been adjourned to December 21, this year for continuation of trial.

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