28 December 2012

Zambia: 'Defiled Girl Was Forced to Change Statement'

A KASAMA magistrate's court heard that a girl who was defiled was accosted by the alleged defiler's wife and asked to change her statement in the suspect's favour.

This is a case in which Ernest Chimbala, 34, of house number 205 Location Township in Kasama is facing three cases of defilement and one count of rape.

It is alleged that Chimbala defiled and raped the victims between December 22 last year and October 22, this year.

The girl, 14, and three other victims aged 12, 15, and 17 have been in the care of the State since the arrest of Chimbala.

The 14-year-old was alleged to have been defiled by Chimbala, who is her uncle.

Giving evidence before Magistrate Kelvin Soma, the girl said her aunt told her to change her statement in court because "men were chickens" and she should have endured her uncle's alleged sexual assault silently.

She told the court that Chimbala's wife scolded her for telling neighbours that her husband had defiled her.

"She said I should come and say our neighbour gave us K50,000 to say our uncle was abusing us and we lied about our ordeal," the minor narrated.

Her testimony lasted for three hours, as the court moved to Nkalofya Guest House where Chimbala allegedly drugged and defiled the minor in the presence of another minor.

She identified the bed on which she was defiled and a door that led to the bathroom.

When the State prosecutor asked how her aunt's remarks had affected her, she said she had been psychologically disturbed that she failed to write her grade nine examinations.

Trial continues today.

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