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Chitabo sets May 3 judgment date for Njoya T’s wife’s jail term appeal

LUSAKA High Court judge Mwila Chitabo has set May 3 for judgement in a case in which Zambia Association of Musicians president Njoya Tembo’s wife Brenda appealed the five-year jail term slapped on her for assaulting her 13-year-old niece.

Judge Chitabo asked Brenda to file her submissions on why she should be acquitted on April 18 while the State is required to file theirs on April 24.

The judge granted Brenda leave to reply by April 27.

Lusaka senior resident magistrate Greenwell Malumani on January 30 convicted Brenda of assault on a child after the prosecutions proved that she savagely attacked her niece who is a double orphan and severely beat her up with a cooking stick for using a pressing iron which she was not allowed to use.

The incident happened on October 26, 2016.

In her grounds of appeal, Brenda argued that magistrate Malumani misdirected himself in law and fact when he found that the injuries which her niece sustained were a result of being beaten with a cooking stick when the alleged weapon was not produced in court.

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