A MINIBUS conductor of Old Twapia in Ndola has been sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour for assaulting his former girlfriend and mother of his child.
Magistrate Eston Kafunyi convicted Martin Kalobwe, 33, of house number CH 18, after he pleaded guilty to assault.
“Based on your own admission of the charge, I find you guilty as charged and I accordingly convict you. But looking at the facts before me, it seems you still want attention from your former lover. But instead of asking for it in a proper way, you resort to assaulting her.
“I have, however, heard what you have said in your mitigation, but I have also seen the injuries inflicted on the complainant by yourself. Hence, I have no choice in this regard but to temporarily put you out of circulation so that you can reflect on your actions,” Mr Kafunyi said.
Particulars of the case are that Kalobwe, on May 12 this year, assaulted Gertrude Mulundu, thereby occasioning her actual bodily harm.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded with the court for lenience stating that he needed to take care of the child he had with the complainant. He said Ms Mulundu was unemployed and if he was sent to jail, the child would suffer.
Brief facts read in court were that on the material day around 23.00 hours, Kalobwe went to Ms Mulundu’s house, knocked on the door and demanded that she opensfor him.
When she opened the door, Kalobwe took off his belt and started whipping Ms Mulundu on the face and legs.
The court heard that Ms Mulundu sustained bruises on her face and legs and she reported the matter to Twapia police post.
When Kalobwe was apprehended, he admitted having assaulted the complainant.
“You will serve six months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the date you were arrested. You are informed of your right of appeal to the High Court within the next 14 days,” Mr Kafunyi said in sentencing the accused.