Police officer in court for defilement

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A Zambia Police Assistant Superintendent, Steven Mwenge has appeared in the Chinsali Magistrates court charged with defilement of a minor.
The 35 – year – old Mwenge of house number one, Mayadi compound is alleged to have had carnal knowledge of a minor on June 26 last year and has since denied the charge.
Mwenge was arrested by police on Friday last week and was detained at Nambuluma police station and was later released on bond on his own recognition and has applied to court to seek legal representation as he had no time to prepare for the case when he was formally arrested.
Magistrates Shadreck Chanda advised the accused that provisions of section 31 sub section II as read with Act number 2 states that an accused person in such matters has a right before law to contend that the alleged girl in the defilement is not minor but a consenting adult.
The accused refused to comment on the provision and trail date has been set for March 5th 2013 and the accused has his bond been extended as such.