March 3, 2024 –

Police have arrested a 67-year-old man of Makeni Villa in Lusaka for defiling a 15-year-old girl who was working as a maid at his house.

Police Deputy Police Public Relations Officer Danny Mwale confirmed that the suspect is detained in custody waiting to be formally charged.

Mr. Mwale said the matter was reported to Police by the victim who alleged that she was defiled on several occasions by her guardian only identified as Mr. Simutile.

He said the victim revealed that the suspect had canal knowledge of her on unknown dates, but between 2021 and 2023 at his house.

Mr. Mwale explained that police initial investigations revealed that during the same period, the victim was working as a maid and her monthly pay was being sent direct to her parents in Siavonga District.

He said the victim revealed that Mr. Simutile used to have canal knowledge of her when all other family members were not around at home.

Mr. Mwale indicated that on March 2, 2024 around 16:30 hours, the victim told officers that she sneaked out of the house after she saw the suspect advancing towards her.

He said according to the victim she ran to the Police station where she reported the matter and immediately Police instituted investigations which led to the arrest of the suspect who was further identified to be a retired Major from the Zambia Army

Mr. Mwale noted that the victim, who was immediately moved to a Safe Home, is currently undergoing medical treatment.

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