THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 17-year-old girl to 12 months’ probation for lying to police that her baby belonged to someone else with the aim of seeking refuge from a United Church of Zambia (UCZ) home.
This is in a case where the juvenile is facing one count of giving false information to public officers before magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala.
The offence is contrary to section 125 of the Penal Code, chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that the juvenile has two babies, the youngest being four months old.
On June 7, this year, the juvenile offender told her aunt that she wanted to go to Lusaka, where the relatives of her baby are.
The following day, the girl approached UCZ and requested them to keep her and the baby as she had no means to keep her. The church accepted to offer accommodation but had to inform the police for clarity.
The church was willing to take care of the juvenile and her child, but needed to seek permission from the authorities.
The matter was reported to Livingstone Central Police and the girl told the officers that the baby belonged to her elder sister’s late friend.
Acting on this information, police launched investigations which revealed that the juvenile was the real mother of the four-month-old baby.
The girl was charged and officially arrested for the subject offence and the child was handed over to the Department of Social Welfare.
In his judgment, magistrate Chilingala sentenced the juvenile to 12 months’ probation after recommendations from the Social Welfare.