ZANIS COPY-Defilement case fails to take off in court

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The case in which a 47 year old security guard of Laufing Waters Lodge in Lusaka West allegedly defiled nine girls failed to take place today as the arresting officer and other witnesses did not appear in court.

Before Magistrate Exhildah Chanda was Sylvester Zulu who is facing nine counts of defilement contrary to section 138 Chapter 87 as read together with Act 15 of 2005 of the laws of Zambia.

Magistrate Chanda expressed concern that the case was dragging and that the accused person has been in custody since October 22, 2012.

She then ordered the prosecutor handling the matter to ensure that the arresting officer and the witnesses were brought to court before she issues a bench warrant to the arresting officer.

Zulu allegedly defiled the children aged between seven and 12 years after luring them into the guard room as they passed through the Lodge premises to their homes.

He allegedly used biscuits and sweets to lure the children who are pupils at a named basic school in Lusaka west.

The matter has been adjourned to February 19, 2013 for mention and possible commencement of trial.