Sodomy accused begins own defence in court


A 28-year-old man of Chipata Compound in Lusaka, who is charged with sodomising an 11-year-old boy of the same area, told the Lusaka Magistrate Court today that he was just implicated in the matter by the mother to the victim.

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Alfred Mwewa is charged with unnatural offenses against the order of nature contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Mwewa  told Resident Magistrate Aridah Chulu that he did not have canal knowledge of the juvenile maintaining that he was merely implicated in offence by boy’s mother whom he had quarrelled with on August 20, 2013 after she told him to stop working with her former landlord.

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The accused person said in court that he refused to follow what the woman had told him and the exchanged insults ensued.

This was when the matter came up for defence before Resident Magistrate Aridah Chulu.

He told the court that four days after quarrelling, Mwewa was on his way to look for piecework when he met a group of boys who told him that they had been instructed by the victim’s mother to apprehend him for sodomizing her son and was later taken to Maropodi Post Police.

He testified that on August 25, 2013, he was taken to Chipata Police Post where the victim and her mother were asked about the medical report which they failed to produce and that he was later
transferred to Emmasdale Police Station on September 15, 2013 where he was detained until he was taken to court on September 27, 2013.

In cross examination by the prosecutors, Mwewa told the court that he did not know the victim and that he was Charity’s son, the woman whom he had quarrelled with at a named bar.

He said he had however visited Charity’s home which was also his friend’s residence.

When he was asked how possible it was that he did not know the victim when he used to frequently visit his friend, the landlord to Charity who resides at the same house, Mwewa responded that it was difficult
for him to know the victim because he used to find many children playing outside.

And the accused, who is still on his defence, told the court that he had one witness to testify in the matter but needed some time to communicate to him as no one visits him whilst in custody.

The matter has since been adjourned to March 20, 2014 for continued defence and the accused remains remanded in custody.

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