TEACHER JAILED 15 YEARS FOR SLEEPING WITH 15 YEAR OLD PUPIL

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TEACHER JAILED 15 YEARS FOR SLEEPING WITH 15 YEAR OLD PUPI

A TEACHER of Mongu will serve 15 years behind bars for defiling a 13-year-old pupil despite his defence that the child’s physical features like breasts, hips and backside seemed like those of a grown-up woman.

On May 1, 2017, Mubita Moonga was charged with defilement of a child under the age of 16 but he denied the charge.Moonga was, however, found guilty after trial and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour.

During trial, the victim, who was 13 then, said the convict was her teacher at Mulambwa Primary School in Mongu.She said that day after lessons at school, Moonga told her that he wanted to spend some time with her and invited her to his house.

The victim said when she went to his house, Moonga pulled her to his bedroom and had sex with her.She said she could not shout for help as he put a cloth in her mouth to muffle her voice.

The court further heard that a few days later, the victim’s mother detected an odour from the girl’s private parts and when she threatened to beat her, she revealed what happened.A medical report showed that the victim was defiled. In his defence, Moonga did not deny having sexual intercourse with the victim but said it was consensual.

He said the girl’s physical features deceived him into thinking she was an adult.Moonga said he got interested in the girl and struck a conversation after she told him she was aged 16.When the matter came up before the Appeals Court, the judges upheld the conviction and sentence handed by the lower court.

Judges Chalwe Mchenga, Marjorie Majula and Kelvin Muzenga dismissed the appeal, saying Moonga acted recklessly by having sex with his pupil. “It is apparent that he was in a hurry to have a connection with the girl, a conduct which cannot by any standard be said to be that of a reasonable man.

“In the circumstance, we find no merit in the appeal and it is accordingly dismissed,” reads the judgment in part

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