Indecent assault lands man in court

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—–A 41 -year – old Livingstone man today appeared in the Magistrate court for indecently assaulting a 79- year – old woman.

Kenneth Mufungulwa 41, a Businessman of house number 271 Dambwa Site and Service in Livingstone appeared before Magistrate Andrew Kasongo for a plea in a matter in which he is alleged to have indecently assaulted 79 year old Elizabeth Mugabeli.

Facts before court were that on March 31 this year, Mufungulwa indecently assaulted Mugabeli in Livingstone contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Mufungulwa said he understood the facts but denied the charge levelled against him and pleaded not guilty.

The matter has been adjourned to 23rd April 8, 2013 for mention and 7th May 2013 for trial and the accused is remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, a 35 year old unemployed man of Maloni compound in Livingstone has been convicted and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment for trafficking in 21 grams of marijuana.

Kalaluka Iluba of House Number A2 Maloni compound in Livingstone appeared before Magistrate Andrew Kasongo for plea.

Facts before court were that on March 22 this year, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Livingstone office received information that there was a man suspected to be in possession of marijuana in the Victoria Falls area and they followed him up.

Upon locating the suspect, they searched his premises and found suspected marijuana seeds on a plate.

Later, a Public Analyst at the Food and Drug Control Laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka confirmed that the seeds were marijuana seeds weighing a total of 21 grams.

Iluba pleaded guilty to the charge and in mitigation said he was married and had three children and further pledged to stop associating with people who abused drugs.

And in passing judgment, Magistrate Kasongo convicted Iluba and said the court had considered his mitigation.

Magistrate Kasongo noted that Iluba was a first offender who had shown remorse over his actions and as such deserved leniency.

He then sentenced him to 30 days imprisonment effective from March 2, 2013.