26 February 2013

Zambia: Teenager Convicted of Defilement

A TEENAGER, who is alleged to have defiled a six-year-old girl in July last year in Chibombo has been convicted by a Kabwe magistrate's court.

Kabwe principal resident magistrate John Mbuzi has, however, reserved the sentence to today after a social welfare report on the 18-year-old boy is presented to court.

During trial the girl, who positively identified the teenager testified that on July 5, last year as she was playing near her home, the boy called and later dragged her to a nearby bush where he had carnal knowledge of her.

The girl said she shouted for help and her mother came to her rescue but the accused ran away.

She said at the time the accused called for her, he was looking after goats and was drawing water from a well.

The mother of the girl testified that she was in her house when she heard her daughter scream and she immediately rushed outside to check.

She said she located her daughter, who was still crying and had dirt in her hair and when she checked her private parts she noticed that she had injuries.

After inquiring, the little girl narrated to her what had transpired.

Another witness said on the fateful day, he saw the boy running away and later learnt that a child had been defiled.

The court found the juvenile with a case to answer and put him on his defence.

In his defence he denied having defiled the girl, saying he only slapped her after he found her whipping the goats.

But in his ruling, Mr Mbuzi said the medical report confirmed that the girl was defiled and that he found the defence that he only slapped the girl a total fabrication.

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