2 women plead not guilty to inserting a metal bar

 2 women plead not guilty to inserting a metal bar

By CHARLES TEMBO
The two Ndola women charged with Indecent Assault on a woman by inserting a mental bar into her private parts have pleaded not guilty in court.

But, trial could not start as one of the accused woman fell ill before trial could commence.

The woman complained that she was vomiting and was feeling weak.

When the matter was called Jacqueline Nanyinza 27 and Catherine Mpamba 28 of Chipulukusu pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecent assault on female and Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm.

Nanyinza and Mpamba, who are both hair dressers are alleged to have jointly and willfully assaulted and indecently assaulted a 17 year old female juvenile.

It is alleged that the duo enticed the victim to accompany them to Catherine’s house where she would be given some wigs to plait her hair.

It was at Catherine’s home that the two women beat the vitim, undressed and photographed the victim naked.

The two women are also alleged to have inserted a metal bar into the victim’s vagina and scorned her.

When the matter came up before Principal Resident Magistrate Obbister Musukwa the duo pleaded not guilty.

Later when trial was called, a lawyer representing the duo Kenneth Tembo informed court that one of his client, Jacqueline was unwell and unable to stand trial.

Mr Tembo applied to have the matter adjourned to a later date to allow his client access medical care.

“My client is not well, she was vomiting so our humble application is to adjourn the matter to the nearest date which is Monday. We hope the accused is exposed to medical care,” he said.

But State Prosecutor, Crispin Mukubanda who did not oppose to the application said the State hoped the ailment was not a trick to delay trial.

Magistrate Mr Musukwa then adjourned the matter to Monday for commencement of trial.

He also ordered the police to take Jacqueline to have medical examinations.

Four witness have been lined up to testify in the matter.

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