A Lusaka man accused of assaulting a Catholic Nun in Roma Township has been acquitted by the Lusaka Magistrate Court after the Nun agreed to settle the matter out of court.
Magistrate Aridah Chulu acquitted Daswell Sichilongo a teacher at Roma Girls High School on one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
This is in a matter in which Daswell Sichilongo, a science teacher was facing one count of assaulting acting head teacher, Emma Chakupalesa for locking his house after he allegedly failed to pay house rentals.
Sichilongo, 53, of Roma Girls flat number 02 is alleged to have on July 19, 2014 beaten up sister Chakupalesa in full view of a Muvi Television crew after the nun locked up houses of teachers who were defaulting on paying rentals.The Catholic Church owns houses within the School premises which teachers rent and pay subsidized rentals.
The lawyer representing the accused, Dickson Jere told the court that Sister Chakupalesa had decided to withdraw the case in the spirit of reconciliation.
Chakupalesa, 44, a religious sister told the court that she had unconditionally forgiven Mr. Sichilongo.
And Magistrate Chulu cautioned Sister Chakupalesa that once a case is withdrawn from court it cannot be brought back.
She also warned Mr. Sichilongo not to commit a similar offence in future.Mr. Sichilongo and Sister Chakupalesa later embraced outside the court room.