Kabwe man in court defilement stepdaughter

Criminal court
Criminal court

THE Kabwe Magistrate’s Court has found a 48-year-old man of Kabwe with a case to answer for allegedly defiling his 16-year-old stepdaughter.
Magistrate Chimuka Mutafela found Joseph Mambwe with a case to answer after he allegedly had sex with his stepdaughter between October 2012 and March last year.
“I have been following  this case from the beginning and I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence linking you to the offence and I therefore put you on your own defence,” Mr Mutafela said.
Particulars of the offence are that, on dates unknown but between October 2012 and March last year, Mambwe had unlawful carnal knowledge of his stepdaughter.
The offence is contrary to section 138(1) Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
In his defence, Mambwe told the court that from the time he married his second wife and brought her daughter home, she had been suffering from stomach pains.
“I asked the mother if I could make some herbal medicine for her and she agreed, but the medicine did not work.  I touched her stomach and she had something that was moving,” Mambwe said.
Mambwe testified that his wife took her daughter to a prophet who charged them K200 for medication.
“In July 2013, the aunt of my wife’s daughter came to pick her from home and I did not say much as this was my wife’s decision since she’s the mother,” he testified.
Mambwe said in August this year, he left for Serenje to do some work and he received a phone call that he was needed at home to solve a family problem.
“When I reached home, I was told that my stepdaughter was found with an illness and a disease that I gave her,” he said.
Mambwe said that he was not home for a month and he did not know how that incident could have happened.
Magistrate Mutafela adjourned the matter to October 14 to allow the accused to organise his witnesses.