2 January 2013

Zambia: Bus Conductor Charged 20 Years for Difilement

A BUS conductor has been jailed for 20 years with hard labour for defiling his six-year-old neighbour in Kanyama Township in Lusaka.

Bright Chanda was sentenced after the Lusaka High Court found that there was over-whelming evidence that he had unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl.

Chanda on June 14, 2012 had unlawful carnal knowledge of a child.

The girl's grandmother had testified before Lusaka Resident Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile during trial that on the material day as she was walking along the road, she was met with two children who informed her that her granddaughter had been abused by a neighbour.

She said she rushed home and found a horde of people at Chanda's house.

She was told that Chanda, his wife and the girl had been locked inside.

The grandmother said that after she managed to enter Chanda's house, she found her granddaughter with her pants in her hands crying.

She said the girl told her that Chanda had defiled her on his matrimonial bed after which she reported the matter to the police.

Chanda's wife had told the court that she was on the material day plaiting her hair within the neighbourhood when she was informed about the incident that had taken place at her house.

Ms Mikalile in convicting Chanda said there was collaborating evidence from the girl and the grandmother that the accused had defiled the girl.

She said although the grandmother did not find Chanda in the act, the fact that the girl was found half naked was sufficient evidence to prove a case against him.

Ms Mikalile said that it was a fact that Chanda had defiled the girl in his house and on his bed while the wife was away. She referred the matter to the High Court for sentencing.

In sentencing Chanda, Lusaka High Court Judge Chalwe Mchenga said Chanda had defiled a girl who was only six years which reason was enough for him to save a 20 year jail term.

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