By MUSONDA MANGILASHI –
A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD juvenile has been convicted by the Kitwe Magistrates court after he was found guilty of gang raping a 36 year old woman.
Magistrate Kapinda Chipamu convicted the juvenile offender when the State closed its case after calling witnesses.
Particulars are that on December 30, 2015 in Kitwe, the juvenile jointly and whilst acting together with persons unknown did unlawfully have canal knowledge with a woman without consent contrary to the laws of Zambia.
During trial the woman told the court that on the fateful day she was coming from the funeral in Kamfinsa area and when she reached Chamboli station she was attacked by four men.
She explained that the juvenile and three others asked for money from her and when she told them that she did not have they attacked her.
One of the three attackers grabbed her hand bag and ran away, and among the three, who remained, one hit her with a bottle on the head and she fell down.
She narrated that she was later dragged on the ground and that one of them seized her by the neck while the other was holding her legs and the three took turns in raping her.
The victim told the court that she managed to identify the accused who she said she met earlier that day because there was enough light and that the accused lived in the same street and area with her.
And Emmanuel Changwe the arresting officer told the court that when he apprehended the juvenile he admitted being present when the woman was gang raped but denied raping her.
In her judgment Magistrate Chipamu said that the medical report indicated that the woman was raped as it showed that she had bruises and injuries on her private parts.
The court reserved judgment to await the social welfare report and possible sentencing.
In another case, two pupils from a named school have been sentenced to one year but suspended for two years for stealing a phone and cash amounting to K1, 200.
Appearing before Magistrate Malota Phiri was Caleb Mukwasa and Elijah Simbaba both 19-years old of Wasakile Township.
The court was told that the two would be doing community work for 30 days at the subordinate court and ordered them to compensate the complainant K2,000 for the loss and that they would be released upon paying.
Particulars are that on September 10, 2016 in Kitwe, the duo jointly and whilst acting together with unknown persons did steal one phone and K1, 200 cash altogether valued at K1, 700 from John Musonda.