A 40-YEAR-OLD Zambia Air Force (ZAF) driver has been convicted by the Livingstone magistrate’s court for defilingan 11-year-old girl of Airport township in Livingstone.
This is in a case in which Zachariah Muwowo was charged with defilement.
It is alleged that on July 29, this year, Muwowo had unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 16.
Delivering a three hour judgment, Magistrate Benjamin Mwelwa described Muwowo’s act of having sex with an 11-year-old girl as shameful and disgusting.
“It is disgusting that you undressed and had sex with an 11-year-old girl.
“Your act was shameful because there are a lot of women out there, who charge for sex, but you opted to have sex with this little girl,” he said.
Magistrate Mwelwa said it was sad that Muwowo earlier took the girl to a bar and bought her two bottles of Castle lager.
He said it is clear that Muwowo had sex with the girl although he had taken precaution against impregnating her.
Magistrate Mwelwa said the girl’s age had been established to be 11 by the mother, and further confirmed by the under-five card which was produced as part of the evidence in court.
He said Muwowo was arrested at the victim’s house when he went to apologise for defiling her.
Magistrate Mwelwa said he had found Muwowo guilty of the offence and will commit him to the High Court for sentencing as the offence had a mandatory sentence of 15 years imprisonment with hard labour.


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  1. If a judge has no wise words to offer his court it’s better to confine himself to interpreting the law and nothing else.
    The magistrate should know what to say in court. In Zambia prostitution is illegal. When he offers an alternative to the culprit saying “…….because there are a lot of women out there, who charge for sex” he is endorsing something illegal.



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