– Itezhi Tezhi magistrate Munalula Mubita placed a 13-year-old boy of Masasabi resettlement scheme in Itezhi tezhi district in central Province on a 24 month probation as he was convicted of defiling a 15-year-old girl of the same area.
Itezhi Tezhi magistrate Munalula Mubita placed the juvenile on 24 months’ probation and warned that if he commits any offence within this period, the court will have no option but send him to a juvenile prison in Katombora.
The juvenile who was accompanied by his father-a retired cooperatives officer, was ordered by magistrates to be reporting to the District Social welfare officer with effect from today.
The Juvenile who had been in detention in Itezhi tezhi Police cells together with adults told the court in mitigation that he was very sorry for what he did and that he wants to go back to school and asked for leniency.
In passing sentence, magistrate Mubita said he had taken note of the mitigation and the fact that the juvenile was a first offender but emphasized that the offence he committed was a serious one.
He then ordered that the juvenile to undergo counseling by the social welfare department for 24 months.
Magistrate Munalula Mubita warned the juvenile and asked him to desist from engaging in such illegal activities in future.
In this case, the 13 year old juvenile was in April this year arrested and charged for defiling an epileptic 15-year-old girl who is believed to be his cousin of the same area.
Particulars of the offence are that on 12 April 2013 around 15:00 hours in Masasabi in Itezhi tezhi district, the named juvenile aged 13 had unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl aged 15 years contrary to section 138 cap 87 as amended by Act 15 of 2005 of the laws of Zambia.
The 15 -year-old epileptic girl was allegedly defiled in her father’s maize field where the boy was working.