A male juvenile has today been convicted by the Chipata magistrate court for one count of defilement.

The juvenile who was facing one count of defilement contrary to the laws of Zambia appeared before Magistrate Moses Phiri for judgment.

Facts of the matter are that the juvenile had canal knowledge of a minor on October, 24, 2018 a day the country was celebrating its 54th Independence anniversary.

The state called four witnesses to prove its case in trial though the juvenile had earlier admitted having canal knowledge with a minor on the material day.

In defense, the juvenile said he did not know that the victim was below the age of 16 and that they were both drunk when he committed the offence.

Magistrate Phiri said the state had proved a case beyond any reasonable doubt against the juvenile offender and convicted him accordingly.

He has since adjourned the matter to May, 07 for the submission of the social welfare report.

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