28 January 2013

Zambia: Court Told How Girl (13) Was Defiled, Murdered

A WITNESS in a matter in which a 42-year-old peasant farmer in Chibombo is alleged to have defiled and strangled a 13-year-old girl has testified that the accused person's private parts were bruised on the day of the incident.

Student Mizinga, 52, told Kabwe High Court judge Eddie Sikazwe that after Kelvin Musopelo was apprehended, he was kept away from the village for fear that people would lynch him.

Mr Mizinga, an uncle of the deceased, said neighbourhood watch members and others asked Musopelo whether he had defiled and killed the girl but he denied the allegation.

They checked his private parts and discovered that he had fresh cuts and traces of blood.

Mr Mizinga said it was evident that Musopelo sustained the cuts when he forced himself on the minor.

When asked how the cuts came about, the accused failed to provide an answer.

This is in a case in which Musopelo, of Chief Chitanda's area in Chibombo District, is alleged to have defiled and murdered the girl on February 18, last year.

During continued trial, Mr Mizinga said he was informed by the older brother of the deceased identified as Orpan that the girl was missing.

He said they started searching and within 30 minutes, they discovered the naked body of the girl in a nearby bush.

It was after this that they apprehended Musopelo and inspected his private parts.

Meanwhile, a Mkushi man who is alleged to have murdered his 33-year-old wife has been found with a case to answer.

Justice Sikazwe found Joseph Malakasa, 42, with a case to answer after the State closed its case.

The accused person is on May 6, last year alleged to have murdered his wife, Barbara Kashimba whose body was dumped near Tazama pipeline in Mkushi.

A medical report presented to the court revealed that the victim was hit using a sharp object.

She sustained five deep cuts on her scalp and suffered a fractured skull, subdural brain haemorrhage and brain edema.

The same court has sentenced a 24-year-old woman to eight years imprisonment for killing her six-month-old baby she later dumped in an incomplete pit latrine.

Elizabeth Mvula was jailed for one count of infanticide contrary to section 203 of the Laws of Zambia.

Facts before court are that Catherine Chanda on April 30, last year killed her baby and that a postmortem report indicated that the toddler had drowned.

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