A COMMANDO has narrated to the Ndola Magistrates’ Court how a fellow commando sneaked out of the annual ball to have carnal knowledge of his 15-year-old daughter.

In this matter, Derrick Lizazi, 34, of 1 Commando Unit is charged with defilement of a girl under the age of 16.

It is alleged that on March 15, this year, Lizazi had unlawful carnal knowledge of his neighbour’s daughter.

When the matter came up before Ndola principal resident magistrate Obbister Musukwa, the victim’s father told the court that one night in March 2019, he saw Lizazi in the passage of his house, but he ran away after he confronted him.

“I chased after him with my other children but he managed to run away and that is how I went back in the house to dress properly. We did not take it seriously because my daughter kept it a secret that nothing had happened,” he said.

The witness further testified that in November while attending an annual ball with his wife, he saw Lizazi sneak out of the event.

The victim’s father testified that when he got back home, he was informed by his two sons that Lizazi sneaked into their home but was chased by the boys.

Later, Lizazi and his wife went to apologize to the victim’s family for entering their house.

The victim’s father further explained that he never took the matter seriously until his child revealed to his other neighbour that she was pregnant for Lizazi.

He said he then reported the matter to the police.

“My daughter did not tell us about the sexual incidents, we knew that he was just breaking into our home,” he said.

Asked by Lizazi’s lawyer why despite being a commando he allowed a fellow commando to be breaking into his house during awkward hours, the victim’s father stated that it was impossible to know what was going on as Lizazi broke into his home while they were asleep or not around.

“Your honour, when one is asleep, it’s more like they are dead. And moreover, he was strategic and calculated his time to break in,” he said.

Magistrate Musukwa adjourned the matter to August 19, 2021 for continued trial.