Shovel-wielding man chased in-laws

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MARY PHIRI writes

A 27-year-old woman has narrated in local court that a man who impregnated her cousin insulted her family and chased them with a shovel.

In this matter, Monday Chiluba, 32, a resident of KabushiTownship was dragged to court by Theresa Kaponda, 27, of Hillcrest Township after the harrowing event.

Kaponda is a relative of the 19-year-old girl who was impregnated by Chiluba and was giving evidence before Kabushi Local Court Presiding Magistrate, Mildred Namwizye.

Chiluba was first sued by the girl’s mother for compensation for damages of virginity then later dragged back to court by Kaponda for compensation for defamation of character and insults.

Kaponda told the court that Chiluba had impregnated her cousin and they had been staying together after the families agreed that he was going to keep the teen until she gave birth.

She said that after staying with her for some days, Chilubastarted mistreating the girl and stopped buying food in the house.

Kaponda told the court that on 17 March this year, her cousin called her around 23:00hours, crying that she had not eaten the whole day and Chiluba had locked her in the house and went out to drink.

“We decided to go and get her because we felt bad, especially since she was pregnant. When we reached his placewe found her locked inside so we started waiting for him to come back so that he could unlock the house,” Kapondatestified.

“When he returned, to our surprise and without even finding out why we were there, he just started insulting us then later picked up a shovel and chased us.”

In passing judgement, Ms Namwizye ordered Chiluba to pay K650 as compensation with the first instalment being K200.

“How do you treat your in-laws like that? Even if you are not interested in the girl you must give them respect by taking time to find out why they were waiting for you at that time? I am hereby ordering both families to observe total peace for the next three years,” Ms Namwizye said.

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