A 37-Year-old man of Kapiri Mposhi has been convicted for defiling a 12-year-old girl.

Before Kapiri Mposhi Magistrate, Mwila Malupande was Joseph Kopulande, a general worker of Riverside compound who was charged with one count of defilement.

ZANIS reports that particulars of the offence were that on 17 May 2019 around 15:00 hours Kopulande had unlawful canal knowledge of a girl under the age of 16 years.

In this matter, the prosecution called seven witnesses among them the victim who testified how Kopulande defiled her after she had gone to visit her friend in the neighborhood.

The victim narrated how Kopulande stopped and dragged her into his house and locked the door behind him with a chain.

The victim testified that Kopulande pushed her into his bedroom where he pinned her down and had canal knowledge of her. 

She said Kopulande stuffed her mouth with a white cloth after she attempted to scream for help. 

Medical examinations conducted on the victim were consistent with the offence.

In this matter, Kopulande gave sworn evidence but claimed he was too drunk to remember what happened on the material day.

But in passing judgment Magistrate Malupande observed that all the witnesses and the medical report had given corroborative evidence against Kopulande.

By: Mumba Tailashi

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