Mon. Sep 23rd, 2019

Kitwe: sureties to sex church elder jailed

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By NCHIMUNYA MIYOBA
THE Kitwe Magistrate Court has sent back two sureties to Kamfinsa correctional facility for failing to bring the accused person before court.

This is matter in which Alick Simbeye, a church elder of Kitwe was caught by police officers pants down allegedly having carnal knowledge of a minor in his car soon after attending overnight prayers.

Simbeye 24, was arrested and two of his friends Reverend John Kapisa and Peter Muleba became his sureties.

At first Simbeye jumped bail and his sureties were warned to ensure the accused was present for the next day but again the accused jumped bail forcing the Court to arrest the duo or in default pay K10, 000 each.

They failed to pay and were sent to Kamfinsa correctional facility.

Today again they appeared but failed to pay K10, 000 each the bonded sum for signing on behave of the accused.

Appearing before Principal Resident Magistrate  Chongo Musonda today,  Magistrate  Ms Musonda  said she was sending back the two sureties to prison because the law clearly states that failure to bring the accused to court can amount to a five year jail term.

Simbeye of 930 Buchi Kamitondo is charged with sexual defilement contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Allegations are that on July 25, 2018 in Kitwe, Simbeye had unlawful carnal Knowledge of a girl below the age of 16 years old.

Magistrate Ms Musonda has since adjourned the matter to October 15, 2018 for return of bench warrant.

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