A 61 year old evangelist of Union Baptist church in Kitwe has been arrested for defiling a girl under the age of sixteen.
The evangelist Elvis Katongo appeared in court before magistrate Denstan Muchaba charged with defiling a child under the age of 16 years, a charge he has denied.
It is alleged that Katongo, who is in charge of Union Baptist church in Chimwemwe Township, defiled a child under the age of 16 years contrary to section 138 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia Act 15 of 2005 and Act number 3 of 2011.
Particulars of the offence are that on 4th June 2011 in Kitwe, Katongo had carnal knowledge of the female juvenile of Kawama Township who is a congregant at his church.
The evangelist currently detained at Kamfinsa prisons was arrested on 13th June 2011.
The court adjourned the matter to June 29, 2011 for mention and also to make a ruling on the application for bail he made.
But the prosecution objected to the application stating that the accused is living at the same church where the victim is also staying and that it is likely that he will interfere with the victim.
The accused said the victim stays in Kawama and not at the church but only come to congregate at his church.
Trial will commencement on June 19 2011.
[ ZANIS ]