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Girl 13 relieves defilement ordeal

A 58-YEAR-OLD man is appearing in the Kapiri Mposhi Magistrate’s Court for defiling a 13-year-old girl.

Before Kapiri Mposhi magistrate Mwila Malupande was Paul Mwewa Mumba of Chikokoshi area.

It is alleged that on February 16, 2019, Mumba did have unlawful carnal knowledge of the named 13-year-old contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Mumba pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Testifying before court, the girl, who is also a grade 4 pupil at a named school, narrated that on the material day around 21:00 hours, her aunt sent her to buy some candles when Mumba, who is she said was her mother’s neighbour, grabbed her by the hand, took her in his house before undressing her and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

The girl explained that she screamed for help but Mumba held her by the neck, adding that one of the neighbours by the name of Alice came through and found Mumba dressing up.

She added that some few months before Mumba forcefully had sexual intercourse with her in the bush and the second time he had carnal knowledge of her in his toilet.

And Alice Nankamba 27, told court that she saw the girl standing at Mumba’s house near the door dressing up and got suspicious because Mumba was not married.

Nankamba told court that she entered Mumba’s house and found him dressing up.

She said she asked Mumba what he was doing with the minor and Mumba told her not to land him in problems.

Nankamba explained that she later informed the girl’s aunt that she found the minor dressing up at Mumba’s house and when she got inside, she found Mumba also dressing up, which made her suspicious and to conclude that the man had sexual intercourse with the girl.

Testifying in the same matter, the aunt told court that that she checked the girl on her private parts and found that she had bruises and some semen.

She explained that the following morning she confronted Mumba in the company of men from the neighbourhood and he confessed that he had sexual intercourse with the minor on three different occasions.

She further explained that she reported the matter to Kapiri Mposhi Main Police Station, which led to the apprehension of Mumba.

The aunt also told court that the girl was medically examined at Kapiri Mposhi District Hospital where it was confirmed that she had been defiled.

She added that the girl was also diagnosed with syphilis.

The matter comes up on March 14, 2019 for continued trial.

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