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Sombre mood as four-year-old boy torture ordeal from ‘stepmother’



IN a sombre courtroom, the four-year-old boy who was repeatedly beaten and left with fresh and old scars, allegedly by his step mother, told a magistrate that the wounds were inflicted on him by his ‘mother’.

The minor, who will be referred to as IB to protect his identity in line with the Child Code Act, informed the court that his mother used to beat him using a “shamboko” and at some point used a knife to injure him.

IB, who is in baby class, also told the court that his mother also used a hosepipe to beat him.

This is in a case Longwe Ngosa, 29, of Apollo Military Camp, Lusaka, is charged with assault on a child.

Between April 1 and July 31, 2023, Ngosa, allegedly assaulted IB and caused harm on his body.

Ngosa was recently arrested after a video went viral in which the victim was captured narrating to his teacher how his mother has been beating him.

The accused is appearing before Lusaka magistrate Mutinta Mwenya where she pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail but failed to meet the conditions, meaning she will continue being in detention.

During continued trial, the boy narrated that his ‘mother’ used to beat him with a whip, hosepipe and also harmed him with a knife, which caused bruises all over his body, which the court viewed.

Pictures of different women were given to the boy so that he could identify the mother he was making reference to as the person who used to beat him.

IB identified Ngosa as his mother saying “this is mummy”.

He was later asked to tell the court what caused the dark scar on his leg, to which the boy responded: “mummy beat me on the leg”.

The court also noted that the boy had whip marks all over the body.

The child’s teacher also sombrely narrated how she learnt about the torture of her baby class pupil and recorded an interview she did with her and shared it with two people.

She narrated that the child informed her that his mother injured him with a knife and had been beating him using different weapons.

On this day, the child went to school with a bandaged fresh wound on the fingers which caught his teacher’s attention.

“I just want justice for baby IB,” the teacher said.

Trial continues next week

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 2nd November, 2023)


Ndola teacher dragged to court for alleged rape on pupil



A Ndola teacher has been dragged to court for allegedly sexually abusing a grade 11 pupil at a school he teaches.

David Kunda aged 31 is alleged to have lured the victim to his office where he sexually abused her.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 28th, this year at around 21:00 hours at the school premises.

When the matter came up for before Ndola magistrate Brian Simachela, Kunda denied the accusations.

It is alleged that on the material date, the victim had gone to accused’s office to call her parents.

It was heard that after the call, when the pupil wanted to walk out from the office, Kunda allegedly locked the door and raped her.

The victim then reported the incident to other teachers the following day.

However, after denying the allegations, the matter was adjourned to December 14th for commencement of trial.

Before it’s adjournment, advocate representing the accused , Kenneth Tembo applied for bail pending trial.

Magistrate Simachela granted bail of K25,000 in accused’s own recognisance and ordered that he also bring two working surieties from well known institutions.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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LAZ strongly condemns brutal attack on Its member at High Court



THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has condemned the thuggery and barbaric behavior that unfolded at the High Court yesterday, where a lawyer, Linus Eyaa, was physically attacked by aggrieved members of the public.

In a statement LAZ president Lungisani Zulu said the Association has established that Mr Eyaa was merely discharging his role as a Legal Practitioner in line with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 30 of the Laws of Zambia, when he met the unfortunate fate, from an opposing group in the case involving Money Grow Cooperative.

He reminded members of the public of the critical role lawyers play in the development of society, in line with every lawyer’s statutory mandate.

Mr Zulu said acts of physical violence against members of the legal profession are inimical to the advancement of the public interest, which lawyers advance.

He said lawyers have always stood and continue to stand on the side of society, even offering pro bono services to indigents.

“That the unfortunate incident happened in the precincts of the High Court, which are considered as a “holy ground of justice” makes the incident more distressing and any efforts by any citizens to take the law into their own hands deserves condemnation in the strongest terms, by all well-meaning citizens,” he said.

Mr Zulu has since commended police for its quick action in saving the lawyer.

“We are happy to also learn that six suspects of the violence have since been arrested by Kabwata. Police and now await subsequent court appearance to answer for their irresponsible actions,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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Justice for girl killed by 10 dogs starts



A FARM director whose 10 vicious dogs mauled a 13-year-old girl to death has been charged with manslaughter and appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

Last month, Shim Yaming’s dogs attacked and killed Sharon Banda, 13, who is the daughter of the accused’s person’s farm worker who lives within the ranch.

The incident happened around 05:00 hours when the victim went outside to use the toilet only to be attacked by the vicious beasts belonging to Shi of New Kasama.

Police visited the scene and discovered the dead body of the girl lying on the ground with multiple dog bites all over the body.
The victim’s father Allan Banda, 43, a poultry man at the farm, told police that his daughter was bitten and died on the spot as she sustained deep cuts all over her body.
Shi, 40, was later detained and slapped with the offence of reckless and negligent act and police later terminated some of the dogs which attacked the girl.

Yesterday, the accused appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court charged with manslaughter.

Allegations are that on November 8 this year, Shi did cause the death of Sharon.
The case was allocated to magistrate Mwandu Sakala.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is supposed to issue a committal later so that the accused in the matter is taken to the High Court for trial since the offence he is facing can only be tried in a higher court.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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