18 year old girl appears in court for throwing her dead baby into Lake Kariba
An 18 year old girl of Hanabuchi village in Siavonga district has appeared in a magistrates court for throwing the body of her dead baby in Lake Kariba.
Before Siavonga magistrate Bartholomew Kaongo was Fair Jungula a grade 7 pupil of Munyama primary school who is charged with one count of concealment of the child contrary to section 38 chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Facts before court were that on unknown date , but between 13th and 15th February 2013 while in Siavonga’s kanyelele compound, Jungula gave birth to a child and did endeavor by secret disposition of the dead body of the child to conceal the birth.
Jungula admitted the charge saying she got the baby and threw it in the Lake near Kanyelele harbour.
Jungula told the court that she was pregnant for 7 months and had a miscarriage at night while at home alone.
“The pregnancy was lost when i was at home and I got the dead body of the child and throw it in the lake. Of course I didn’t tell anyone about my miscarriage because there is no one I know in Kanyelele compound apart from my mom who had gone to the Island where I came from”, she told the court.
Magistrate Kaongo therefore recorded a plea of charge admission and set 13th March, 2013 for facts.
Meanwhile the accused person applied for bail saying she has not fully recovered from sickness and needed medication.
The bail was later granted to her and ordered to pay KR 200 in her recognition and produce two working sureties in the like amount.