Chipata teacher start defence in defilement case

By Staff Reporter

A 37 year old teacher from Hillside Girls Secondary School has started his defense in the Chipata Magistrate court in a case where he is charged with defilement contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that, Linos Mutale on February, 24, 2017 between 16:00 and 17:00hrs did have canal knowledge of a minor without lawful authority.

Mutale told the court that on the said date he reported for work around 07:00hrs and went to teach Principles of Accounts at 8:20hrs in Grade 12 Y.

He said whilst teaching, he received an internal communication that classes had been suspended because there was a lot of noise coming from the Civic Centre as President Edgar Lungu was declaring Chipata a city.

Mutale said all the pupils left the school by 10:00hrs and later he received another internal communication about a management meeting scheduled for 14:00hrs.

He said he went to attend the meeting which was chaired by the School Head teacher in the Computer lab and that heads of departments were also in attendance.

Mutale said the meeting ended at 17:45hrs and that he went straight home.

Asked in cross examination by Public Prosecutor Esther Chinama if she knew the victim, Mutale said he didn’t know her by name but that she was one of the pupils in one of the classes he used to teach and that he was just implicated in the matter.

He said he is an experienced teacher who has been teaching for 13 years and there was no way he could commit such an offence.

Magistrate Pauline Mulenga has since adjourned the matter to August 22, for continuation of defense and extended police bond for the accused.