TWO Ndola women who are charged with indecent assault on a female and assault occasioning actual bodily harm have been found with a case to answer and placed on their defence.

The two women allegedly assaulted a 17-year-old girl by inserting a metal bar in her private parts.

Jacqueline Nanyinza 27 and Catherine Pamba, 28, all of Chipulukusu Township are facing two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and indecent assault contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that Nanyiza and Mpamba on January 30 this year in Ndola jointly and whilst acting together did indecently assault a 17-year-old girl.

During trial, however, the 17-year-old-girl told a court that no one inserted a metal bar in her private parts but that she was only beaten by Nanyiza.

The state closed it’s case after calling five witnesses.

When the matter came up for ruling on whether the two have a case to answer on not, Ndola Principal Resident Magistrate Obbister Musukwa put the two on their defence after the state established a prima facie case on the two accused persons.

“I have considered the evidence on record and I am satisfied that a prima facie case has been established to put the two on defence on both accounts,” said Magistrate Musukwa.

Magistrate Musukwa adjourned the matter to March 1, 2021 for defence.