The state in which two females were arrested for malicious damage to property after police detained one of them for wearing a Mini-skirt and walking past a Police Station in Lusaka has been discontinued.
In the matter, Thelma Njovu 16, and her Aunt Mirriam Mwanza aged 28 stood charged for malicious damage to property before Magistrate Sunge Chanda on Monday.
The state applied that the case be discontinued and Magistrate Chanda granted the State’s application.
“Your honor, the State is not ready to proceed in this matter and the therefore applying that the matter be discontinued under section 88 (a) of the Criminal Procedure” the State Prosecutor said.
In response, Magistrate Chanda granted the application by the State.
“In line with your application to discontinue the matter under Section 88 (a) of the Criminal Procedures, I grant it accordingly and the accused are discharged forthwith.”
And in welcoming the verdict, a jubilant NGOCC Programs Manager Chilufya Siwale called upon the police to be professional in their work and not take advantage of the vulnerable in society.
“We welcome the move to discontinue the matter because there was no case in the first place. The Police should be professional in their work and desist from abusing their power like it was very clear in this case” she said.
Thelma and her aunt, Miriam were accused of damaging two padlocks at Kamanga Police Station, belonging to the Zambia Police Service on 22 December last year whilst in detention.