A 39-YEAR-OLD businessman of Choshi village in Chinsali has denied assaulting his sister’s baby after she denied him nshima.
Before magistrate Susan Mulenga was Bwalya Gondwe, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of assaulting a child.
Gondwe, on August 20, last month, went home in a drunken state and found that his sister, Josephine Gondwe, did not leave him nshima.
Gondwe demanded nshima from his sister, who refused, and in anger, he pushed her, thus injuring the baby strapped on her back.
The baby sustained a broken left wrist when its mother lost balance and fell down.
The matter was adjourned to September 24th for continued trial.
Meanwhile, in the same court, a 17-year-old boy in Chief Nkula’s area in Chinsali has been convicted of drug trafficking and placed on nine months probation.
He was found in possession of psychotropic substances, namely marijuana, weighing 30.6 grammes, on August 5.
On the material day, the accused was arrested by officers from the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) after a tip-off from members of the public who suspected him of possessing the drugs.
The suspect was searched and found with six sachets of suspected marijuana.
Later, the suspected marijuana was sent to the University Teaching Hospital, where it was confirmed by a public analyst to be a product of cannabis sativa.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded with the court for leniency.
He said in collaboration with his uncle, they sold drugs to take care of his three siblings.
Magistrate Mulenga said it was sad that the teenager was dealing in drugs, adding that it was the duty of the court to bring the vice into check.
“I have considered your mitigation, and that you are a first offender that deserves some leniency. However, the offence that you have committed is very serious,” she said.