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Defiled 8-year-old girl’s dad testifies

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
THE father of an eight-year-old girl, who is currently battling for her life at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital, told a Lusaka Magistrate’s Court how his daughter was abducted and later defiled.
He was giving evidence in a case in which Peter Mwila is charged with three counts of burglary and theft, defilement and abduction.
When the case came up for trial before magistrate Judith Chiyayika, Reuben Shakachesa said he discovered that his daughter was missing from the house after his wife noticed that the house had been broken into.
Mr Shakachesa said after frantically looking for the child, he decided to go to George township police post to report the matter.
He said when he arrived at the police post, he noticed a group of people that were looking at a girl who was being taken to the hospital after being found by passersby.
Mr Shakachesa said when he arrived at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), he found his daughter badly battered and in a pool of blood.
He said his daughter was later transferred to Levy Mwanawasa Hospital, where she underwent surgery for the multiple injuries she had suffered.
Mr Shakachesa said he later went back to the police post and asked to see the person who had been arrested in connection with the defilement and he was shown Mwila.
He said his daughter is still in hospital and has not yet recovered from the injuries and is still unable to speak.
It is alleged that Mwila broke into Mr Shakachesa’s house and stole a phone, K800 and a loaf of bread on November 16, last year.
In the second count, Mwila is alleged to have had carnal knowledge of a child under the age of 16.
In the third count, he is charged with abducting the girl in order to subject her to grievous harm.