Village headman denies defilement charge
Luwingu, June 11, 2013, ZANIS- A 56 year old Muyembe village headman of chief Chitoshi area of Mporokoso district in the northern province has pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement.
The Luwingu magistrate court heard today that Patrick Mulenga Muyembe committed the offence contrary to section 138(1) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
ZANIS reports that Muyembe appeared before luwingu magistrate Davy Simfukwe in a matter in which he is accused of having defiled a 12 year old girl of the same village.
Facts before the court were that the incident allegedly happened when the mother for the girl had asked her to sell illicit beer commonly known as katata as she went to attend a meeting called by the Roman Catholic Church sisters in the same village.
It is alleged that after the mother left, a customer came to buy the local beer and that came as the girl entered the hut Muyembe also followed behind and vigorously got hold of the girl and defiled her.
The court heard that the girl sustained serious bruises and deep cuts on her private parts due to extraordinary force used by Muyembe to penetrate the private parts of the 12 year old in order to have sexual intercourse.
The girl is said to have cried uncontrollably attracting the attention of the patrons who were drinking katata outside the hut who found Muyembe zipping his trouser while smiling before he ran away.
Muyembe was later apprehended by officers of the community crime prevention unit and taken to the police station in Luwingu together with the victim.
A medical report was issued by police for the girl to be examined by hospital authorities who confimed that she had been defiled.
Luwingu magistrate Davy Simfukwe adjourned the matter to 17 June 2013 for commencement of trial while Muyembe has been remanded in custody.