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Stepmother claims real mother’s ‘Ghost’ used to torture her step-son 



A COURT yesterday heard that a woman accused of torturing her four-year-old step son informed an investigator that she is not the one who used to beat her step-son but his late mother.

The court was also informed that the victim’s biological mother who was being accused of assaulting the child actually died some two years ago.

This is in a case a Zambia Army soldier’s wife, Longwe Ngosa,29, is accused of torturing her four-year-old step son and inflicting wounds on him.

Ngosa, of Apollo Military Camp, Lusaka, is charged with assault on a child which allegedly occurred between April 1 and July 31, 2023.

It is alleged Ngosa assaulted IB, a child under the age of 16 years, thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.

The alleged assault came to the fall after a clip went viral on Facebook in which IB was filmed narrating to his teacher how his mother, Ngosa, had been beating him using a different weapons like a knife, hosepipe and a whip.

Yesterday, a police officer, Barbara Mutelo, told magistrate Mutinta Mwenya that on August 6, 2023 around 18:00, she was asked by her supervisor to follow an assault on a child case in which the victim needed to be taken to a safe home.

“I was told that there was a child at the station who needed to be taken to the hospital after he was assaulted by the step mother,” Ms Mutelo said.

She went to police station and got IB and went with him to her house since it was too late to take him to a safe home.

Ms Mutelo later interviewed the child, who had injuries on the face and the body.

“When I asked the child who was responsible for the injuries. The child informed me that it was his mother [Ngosa],” Ms Mutelo said.

The child informed told the officer that Ngosa used to beat him using a broom.

She said the victim also had a fresh cut between the fingers and when asked what happened, the boy said “it is mummy who cut me with a knife”.

The officer said when interviewed in connection with the allegations, Ngosa denied assaulting the child.

Ms Mutelo said Ngosa informed her that the victim’s biological mother who passed away few years ago is the one who had been inflicting injuries on the child.

Meanwhile, the child’s father informed court that despite having noticed bruises on his son’s face, he was unware that his wife used to assault the boy.

“I was told [by my wife that] he fell and bruised him face,” the 43-year-old said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 9th November, 2023)

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