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Kitwe man, 32, convicted for defilement

CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Kitwe
THE Kitwe Magistrate’s Court has convicted and committed a 32-year-old man to the High Court for sentencing for defiling a toddler aged two.
Magistrate Kampinda Chipamu, on Wednesday, committed Langson Mwanza of Kamitondo township to the High Court after finding him guilty of defiling a 35-month-old girl.
Particulars are that Mwanza on September 23, last year, in Kitwe had unlawful canal knowledge of a girl under the age of 16.
During trial, the girl’s mother testified that on the material day, she returned home from Chimwemwe township and found her daughter who she had left under the care of her elder sister, in a squatting position.
She told the court that when she lifted the child and placed her on her lap, the toddler begun crying, saying “it is paining”, and slept shortly afterwards.
The court heard that when the girl woke up, the mother decided to bath her and when she removed the pant, she discovered that the child had bruises on her private parts, the vulva was protruding and fresh semen was leaking.
And the child upon seeing the convict started shouting that it was him who had hurt her.
The matter was reported to police where Mwanza was formally charged and arrested.
Delivering judgment, magistrate Chipamu said the prosecution had proved their case beyond reasonable doubt. Ms Chipamu said there was no evidence to suggest that the prosecution witnesses would falsely implicate the convict. Evidence also suggested that Mwanza was frequently visiting the victim’s house.
The magistrate was also satisfied that on the material day, Mwanza went away with the child for over an hour.
“Am satisfied that the child was defiled on the material day as supported by the medical report which indicates that she sustained a vagina inflammation, bruises and the vulva was outside.
“On the foregoing, am satisfied that the state has managed to prove a case against the accused. There is no evidence that shows that the child was taken by someone else. I therefore find you guilty and convict you according.
“However the offence you are charged with is beyond my jurisdiction, I commit you to the High Court for sentencing,” Ms Chipamu said.


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