Zambian Air Forces Female Officer Denies Brutality Assaulting Her 11-year-old Niece
A Zambia Air Force female officer accused of assaulting her 11-year-old niece has opened her defence and denied torturing the victim.
The officer claims the victim burnt herself after dropping a bucket of hot water.
Lieutenant Mildred Luwaile, of ZAF Twin Palm, is charged with assault on a child contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Allegations are that on March 25, 2019 in Lusaka, Luwaile assaulted a child under the age of 16 and occasioned her actual bodily harm, charges she denies.
However, magistrate Nthandose Chabala found her with a case to answer and placed her on defence.
In her defence, Luwaile testified that her sister requested that she starts keeping the victim so that she could complete school in the city because the husband wanted to marry her off when she reached grade eight.
Luwaile said she took custody of the niece in 2017 when she was 10 years old up to April 2019 and at the time, her son was four months old.
Luwaile said she enjoyed a mother and daughter relationship.
“She was a cheerful girl, shy and she did not speak much. Like any other parent, I would discipline her by talking to her and I remember spanking her twice,” Luwaile said.
When asked by her lawyer Bellington Mosha to comment on allegations that she deliberately burnt the victim with hot water, Luwaile declined.
Further asked what caused the burns on the child, Luwaile said the victim burnt herself after dropping a bucket of hot water.
She said when the victim burnt herself, she was with her son who started crying.
Luwaile narrated how she handed the son to her husband so she could attend to the victim.
“I found her in the bathroom changing and asked her to show me where it was hurting. She showed me her knee. I got cold water and poured it on her knee, got Colgate and rubbed on the knee. The following day I noticed some bruises,” she said.
When put to her that the victim told the court that it was her who burnt her, Luwaile said it was not true.
“She was lying. It is possible for a child to lie when they are scared of something. She had a tendency of fabricating lies,” she said.
Luwaile when cross-examined by State Advocate Bob Mwewa who asked if she took the victim to the hospital in relation to the injury that she sustained on her knee, she said she did not.
She said she did not know whether the child ran away from home because she was abused.
Defence continues on October 29.
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