De­tained pas­tor pleads for free­dom

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

A PAS­TOR and a church mem­ber have pleaded with the Kitwe Mag­is­trate’s court to for­give him for sign­ing bail for a run-away Church elder who is al­leged to have de­filed a 14-year-old girl.

Peter Muleba told the court that he and Pas­tor John Kapisa had learnt a les­son dur­ing their time at Kamfinsa cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity. They two pleaded with the court to free them so that they could source K10,000 bail, a con­di­tion for sign­ing for the al­leged de­filer, who is now on the run. Mr Muleba said they had ex­pe­ri­enced se­vere suf­fer­ing while at Kamfinsa and that when they signed bail, the ac­cused along with his wife had as­sured them that he would not run away The solemn-look­ing Pas­tor and his mem­ber made a mov­ing plea when the mat­ter came up for re­turn of bench war­rant be­fore Kitwe Prin­ci­pal Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate Chongo Mu­sonda. The two sureties said it had been dif­fi­cult to lo­cate the ac­cused be­cause they had been in­car­cer­ated at Kamfinsa for three weeks now while other mem­bers had also failed to find him. It is al­leged that on July 25 this year, 24-year-old Alick Sim­b­eye a Church elder had forced him­self on a 14-year-old girl as they were re­turn­ing from wor­ship­ping in the night. Po­lice in­ter­cepted Sim­b­eye while he was al­legedly in the act in his ve­hi­cle which he had parked near Buchi Ho­tel. Sim­b­eye has been on the run after the court granted him a cash bail of K10,000 with two trace­able sureties also at K10,000 each in their own recog­ni­sance. He was last seen in court when the 14-yearold tes­ti­fied the de­file­ment or­deal, which is al­leged to have hap­pened in the car. Mr Kapisha said they had man­aged to raise funds for the re­lease of one per­son. Ms Mu­sonda sym­pa­thised with the two but in­di­cated that the law was clear on bail and peo­ple needed to un­der­stand the pro­ce­dure. “Peo­ple need to un­der­stand the terms of bail be­fore sign­ing and when we ask them if they un­der­stand the terms you say you do so. I am sorry but the terms of the bail will stand,” she said. The Mag­is­trate has since ad­journed the mat­ter to Oc­to­ber 15 this year for the re­turn of bench war­rant and the two sureties are still re­manded in cus­tody.

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