THREE male juveniles aged between 12 and 14 have been arrested by police in Nchelenge district for allegedly taking turns in defiling a nine-year -old girl of the same district.
Luapula province commissioner of Police Malcolm Mulenga has confirmed the development, which occurred on Friday last week.
Mr Mulenga said all the three juveniles are from Chikange village in Chief Kambwali’s area in Nchelenge district.
He said the victim’s mother had reportedly gone to the field leaving the victim alone at home when the incident happened.
Mr Mulenga said the juveniles were passing by the victim’s mother’s house when they noticed that the girl was alone at home and took her to a nearby bush where they defiled her before dumping her at her parents’ house.
“The victim was alone at home at the time of the incident. So the juveniles took advantage of the victim’s mother’s absence from home and dragged her to a nearby bush and allegedly defiled her there before they took her back to their house and dumped her there,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said the matter was reported by the victim’s mother after she noticed that her daughter was unable to walk properly due to the injuries she sustained on her genitals.
He said the victim sustained bruises on her genitals.
Mr Mulenga said the three juveniles are currently in police custody and will appear in court soon.
And the Kabwe Magistrate’s Court has convicted a man of Kabwe for defiling his nine-year-old niece and infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease.
Kabwe Principal Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi committed Morris Ngosa of Nakoli township to Kabwe High Court for sentencing.
Mr Mbuzi convicted Ngosa last Wednesday on one count of defiling a child contrary to Section 138(1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia as amended by Act Number 15 of 2005.
Ngosa is alleged to have defiled his Grade Three niece in April last year in Kabwe.
He, however, denied the offence.
In her testimony, the victim told the court that on the day she was allegedly defiled, Ngosa called her into the house, where he had sex with her.
She testified that she experienced pain while Ngosa was having sex with her and after the ordeal, she sustained injuries on her genitals.
“After he finished, he warned me never to tell my grandmother and that if I did, he would kill me,” the girl told the court.
She also said Ngosa then dressed up and went to church.
The victim’s grandmother testified that on the day her granddaughter was defiled, she was at church and the victim’s mother was in the field.
She said the girl was with Ngosa at home but when she returned, he was not at home.
“The following day on Sunday, he left for church programmes at Kaloko. After that, I observed the girl was walking with legs open and I inquired whether she had a sore, which she denied. Two days later, I checked the child’s private parts and saw a lot of sores,” the grandmother said.
She said the girl was taken to Nakoli clinic, where she was given three injections, and tablets were prescribed for her.
At Bwacha Police Station, a medical report form was issued for the girl to be examined at Kabwe General Hospital, where it was revealed that she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
She said Ngosa was apprehended by his friends who took him had Bwacha Police Station.
Sergeant Clement Mulenga, who investigated the matter, testified that Ngosa admitted that on the day his niece was defiled, he was with her but he did not defile her.
Mr Mulenga said with the permission of Ngosa, he checked his genitals and he observed fungal growths.
In his defence, Ngosa, however, said he was at church when his niece was allegedly defiled.
Mr Mbuzi said from the evidence on record, Ngosa defiled his niece.
He said he did not see any reason why the victim could fabricate evidence against Ngosa.
“In fact, this girl never immediately disclosed what happened to her. She said she feared being killed,” Mr Mbuzi noted.
He said the victim’s evidence was reliable and the court was satisfied that Ngosa had sex with her was proved beyond all reasonable doubt.
“I, therefore, believe it is the accused person who called her into his house and had carnal knowledge of her.
“All in all, the presence of sores and the description by the child that it was painful and the narration on the medical report form prove that the prosecution was, at least, slightly penetrated,” he said.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old student who was allegedly drunk was on Sunday raped at a named lodge in Kitwe’s Parkland residential area.
“The woman was drunk and she decided to sleep at the dining of the lodge when a man identified as Steven Chungu from Kamakonde township in Kitwe raped her,” Copperbelt commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa said.
Ms Kasosa said that the incident happened around 04:00 hours.
She said the victim is a student at a college in Livingstone.
“No arrest has been made but we are looking for the suspect,” Ms Kasosa said.
Zambia Daily Mail