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Ndola court grants two women in court for indecent assault K70,000 bail

THE Ndola Magistrates’ Court has granted a K70,000 bail to two Ndola women charged with indecent assault on a female and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

And the court has set Thursday February 18, 2021 as date for ruling in a case where two Ndola women are charged with indecent Assault on a female.

Last week, a 17-year-old girl told court that none of the accused inserted a metal bar in her private part.

This is in a matter in which Jacqueline Nanyinza, 27, and Catherine Mpamba, 28, of Chipulukusu are charged with two counts of indecent assault on a female and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Nanyinza and Mpamba, who are both hair dressers are alleged to have jointly and willfully assaulted and indecently assaulted the 17-year-old female.

It is alleged that the duo enticed the victim to accompany them to Catherine’s house where she would be given some wigs to plait her hair.

While at Catherine’s house, the two women allegedly beat up, undressed and photographed the victim.

The two women are also alleged to have inserted a metal bar into the victim’s vagina and scorned her.

But when the matter came up for trial before Ndola principal resident magistrate Obbister Musukwa, the girl said no one inserted a metal bar in her private part.

“It was around 09:00 hour to 10:00 hours on January 30, 2021 when the two came to our house and picked me to go to the second accused’s house. They started to show me pictures of the husband and asked me if I knew him. Out of fear, I refused and they started slapping me and beating me in the face. Then I admitted that I was going out with him because he told me that he is not married but just stays with a friend. Then I asked for forgiveness,” explained the juvenile.

“I was not undressed by the two (accused). I never said that to the police that they put a metal bar in my private parts. They never used a metal bar, it was just slaps and kicks. I also don’t know how I gave the metal bar to the police.”

Later, magistrate Musukwa read out the bail application that was made by the accused.

“I have taken note of the concerns raised by the state that accused 1 has a fixed abode while accused 2 has no fixed abode. I have also taken note of the concern that the accused plan to shift once they are on bail.”

“However, I will grant bail in the sum of K70,000 each in their each own recognisance with two working sureties each. The sureties should be from government departments and residents in Ndola,” magistrate Musukwa said.

After five witnesses testified, the state closed its case and Magistrate Musukwa set Thursday February 18, 2021 for ruling.

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