A wife of a defilement suspect in Chipata has testified against her husband saying he is in the habit of sleeping with young girls under the couple’s care.
The woman was testifying in a case where her husband, Elias Zulu appeared in the Chipata Magistrates Court before Resident Magistrate Destine Kalusopa in a matter where he is charged with defilement.
Particulars of the offence are that on dates unknown but between February 1 and June 30, 2020 in Chipata, Zulu had canal knowledge of the girl who is below the age of 16 thereby impregnating her.
It is alleged that Zulu had sex with the girl who is an orphan, several times in a maize field and in the forest where he was producing charcoal.
The 15-year-old victim is the niece to Zulu’s wife.
Mrs Zulu said that it was not the first time her husband was involved in such an offence revealing that he was charged with the similar offence in 2017, having slept with his step daughter but was discharged by the courts as witnesses could not go to testify in the court.
And the victim, a 15-year-old girl of Chinjala farms in Chief Madzimawe’s area testified how she was defiled and impregnated by Zulu who is her uncle.
In cross examination Zulu argued that the girl had a boyfriend whom she shared a sexual relationship with, but the girl insisted that Zulu was the one responsible for her pregnancy as the relationship with her boyfriend ended in 2018.
The matter has been adjourned to September 18th, 2020 for continuation of trial.