Local court has no jurisdiction to hear defilement cases


A LOCAL court in Lusaka has urged a 59-year-old woman who sued a man for deflowering and impregnating her juvenile daughter to report the matter to police because it had no jurisdiction to hear such a matter.

Senior Court Magistrate Abbishine Michelo sitting with Magistrate Lewis Mumba at Kanyama Local Court made the ruling in a case in which Edina Daka of Kanyama compound sued John Zulu, 24, of the same compound for deflowering and impregnating her daughter.

Asked by the court how old her daughter was, Daka said that she was 14-years-old in 2014 when Zulu impregnated her.

When the daughter was called to confirm her age, she said she was 19-years-old but her mother said that what she was born in 1999.

After calculations by the clerk of court it was discovered that the girl was now 17.

Magistrate Michelo however noted that she was under 16 years old when she fell pregnant.

Asked by the court why she did not report Zulu to police, Daka said Zulu’s parents told her to settle the matter home but after charging him K15, 000 he failed to pay.

Magistrate Michelo said that the local court had no jurisdiction to hear defilement cases because Daka ‘s daughter was under 16 years old when she fell pregnant and advised that the matter should be reported to police who would know what to do.



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