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Shopkeeper gets 2 years for assaulting woman

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 30-year-old shopkeeper of Kazungula to two years imprisonment with hard labour for assault and pulling down a woman’s underwear.
This was in a case in which Gain Situngu was charged with assaulting Nakole Bainga.
Facts before the court are that on March 25, this year, in Kazungula, Situngu allegedly assaulted Bainga.
Particulars of the offence are that as Bainga was walking to Makalanguzu township, Situngu harassed her by caressing and pulled down her underwear.
The court heard that Bainga screamed for help and at that, Situngu hit her in the stomach and escaped.
The court further heard that Situngu hid in a nearby pub where he was later apprehended and taken to Kazungula police station.
In his defence, Situngu elected to remain quiet and did not call any witness.
In mitigation, Situngu said he had nothing to say but simply asked the prosecution to bring more witnesses to prove its case against him.
In sentencing, Livingstone magistrate Adsen Shanduba said it was surprising the convict had nothing to say during mitigation and defence.
“I hereby sentence you to two years imprisonment with hard labour and you have the right to appeal within 14 days to the High Court,” he said.