The Director of Public Prosecitions (DPP) has entered a nolle prosequi in favour of a grade 12 pupil who was jointly charged with a 53-year-old white farmer for allegedly engaging in sexual acts against the order of nature.
In this matter, Douglas Quentin Watt of farm number 4007 in Chisamba and a 17-year-old male juvenile were facing two counts of unnatural offences and two counts of being in possession of obscene material.
In count one, it was alleged that on unknown dates but between May and July 17, 2019, in Lusaka, Watt had unlawful carnal knowledge of the 17-year-old juvenile against the order of nature.
In count two, the juvenile on the same dates in Lusaka, allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge of Watt against the order of nature.
In count three, Watt on July 17, this year, in Lusaka, allegedly had in possession of obscene pictures and videos on a cell phone tending to corrupt morals.
And in count four, the juvenile on the same date, in Lusaka, also had in possession obscene pictures and videos on the cell phone tending to corrupt morals.
They had pleaded not guilty.
But when the matter came up for commencement of trial before chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale yesterday, public prosecutor Stuyvesant Malambo informed court that the DPP had entered a nolle in favour of the juvenile.
And after magistrate Mwale discontinued the proceedings against the juvenile, the State applied for a substitution of the indictment following the nolle prosequi.
After the indictment was substituted, Watt took fresh plea and denied both counts.
The matter comes up on November 5, 2019 for commencement of trial.