A KABWE woman aged 31, stunned the Kabwe Magistrate’s Court when she refused to testify against her 19-year-old cousin alleged to have defiled her daughter.
Regina Lubona told magistrate Sebastian Mwenya that she did not want him to send the suspected defiler to jail because that would tear the family bonds.
The accused, Ackim Chipokosa, allegedly had carnal knowledge of a girl below the age of 16 on June 29 this year.
When prosecutor Owen Himweene called Ms Lubona as a witness, the mother of the 14-year-old victim refused to testify, saying her family would not live in peace if the accused was sent to jail.
She told the court that the accused was her cousin and she does not think that he could have sex with her daughter. Ms Lubona however, contradicted herself when she asked the court to reprimand the accused.
“I just want the court to advise him because I know he cannot have carnal knowledge of my daughter,” she said.
Mr Mwenya told Ms Lubona that the court does not have the mandate to give advice in such matters but was mandated to hear cases.
The prosecutor made an application to have the matter withdrawn so that the State could make further investigations.
“Due to the relationship of the mother to the girl and the boy, I will grant the application to have the matter withdrawn,” Mr Mwenya said.