The Mufulira Magistrate Court has committed a 26 – year - old man to the High Court for sentencing in a case where he is charged with rape.
Mufulira Resident Magistrate Tamara Gondwe committed Nicholas Malichanga of house number 263 Kankoyo to the High Court after the accused was found guilty of raping a 24 – year - old woman contrary to section 132 of the penal code.
Facts before the court were that on 2nd January this year the accused who is a taxi driver forcefully had canal knowledge of the named complainant.
In passing judgment, Magistrate Gondwe found the accused guilty of the offence saying the complainant’s testimony was accurate as it was supported with medical laboratory test and results which confirmed that the complainant was actually raped.
Magistrate Gondwe further noted that the court found the accused guilty as charged because he failed to prove his innocence beyond reasonable doubt.
The accused is currently in custody waiting high court sentencing.
Meanwhile Magistrate Gondwe has called on Mopani Copper Mines and other mining contractors to uphold safety standards within the mine premises to avoid accidents.
She said its cardinal for the mine and contractors to ensure that workers operate in safe environment and provided with protective clothing.
Magistrate Gondwe said this when she delivered a verdict in an inquest into the death of Kazembe Mwelwa aged 30 who died while working at Mopani Copper Mine on December 9, 2010.
The deceased of house number 780 of Kankoyo was a contracted worker of a local cooperative who met his death when a rock fall on him while selecting stones at the mine.