A 13-year-old Kitwe resident who works as a caretaker at one of the unfinished homes in Kamakonde Township has been violently assaulted by her lover.
The victim, a grade six student at a certain school, was told by her aunt to go purchase some popcorn, but she never went since the suspect forbade it.
Since then, police have started a manhunt to find the fugitive suspect.
When asked about the incident, Copperbelt police commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said, “Police got a report of defilement that occurred between January 23 and January 24 of this year.”
According to Mr. Mweemba, the victim’s uncle told her that her boyfriend, a caregiver only known by his nickname “Tumpa,” had defiled her.
“Brief facts of the matter are that on the 23rd January 23rd, 2023 at around 20:00 hours, the victim was sent together with her four-year-old cousin by her aunt to buy popcorn at a nearby place. On their way back they met her boyfriend who was in company of another Male friend. They joined and escorted her young cousin home. The victim then escorted her boy friend back up to his place . The boyfriend lives with three other males friends . After some time, the victim decided to go back to her aunts place. The suspect did not allow her to do so and instead grabbed her and took her to his room where he defiled her three times through the night causing her to sustain bleeding and painful private part as well as general body pains. The victim did not go home after this,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said that it was reported that the next morning her uncle began to look for her from other family members homes and friends and later he spotted her heading in a different direction away from home.
“She was asked where she had spent the night and she took them to the house of her boyfriend ,but there was no one there.They later reported to the police who also visited the scene and found the suspect had run away. The victim was later taken to the Kalulushi General Hospital for treatment. Docket of case opened and no arrests made,” he said.