The Supreme Court has stiffened the jail sentence on a 43 year old woman in Chinsali , convicted of defilement.
The highest court of appeal has slapped Grace Manase Ndhlovu with 25 years imprisonment instead of a 17 years sentence handed on her by the Ndola High Court.
The Supreme Court has also imposed defilement charge on Grace Manase Ndhlovu by substituting the charge of Indecent Assault she faced during trial in the High Court.
Defilement is an offence under Section 138 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Delivering judgement Supreme Court Judge Gregory Phiri observed that defilement was the appropriate charge because it was proved that Grace Manase Ndhlovu had carnal knowledge of a boy aged 10 year in 2008.
The Appellant Grace Manase Ndhlovu was 36 in 2008 when she had carnal knowledge of the boy in question.
She was during the incidence a maid employed by the mother to the boy ,she defiled.
Meanwhile the full bench of Supreme Court Judges is in Kabwe for the court’s session that began on Tuesday.
Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima is leading a delegation of Supreme Court Judge.
The panel of Supreme Court Judges is expected to preside over various criminal ,civil and
commercial cases in Kabwe this week.