A- 12- year’s old Girl of LundazI’s Water Affairs Compound in Eastern Province is fighting for her life in the district Hospital after being defiled by her step father.
The victim’s grandmother, Lyness Mwale, 49 told ZANIS yesterday in an interview that Stephen Sikaonga 42, believed to be her step father, on the dates unknown last December had carnal knowledge of the minor on three occasions.
Speaking at the victim’s hospital bed,Mrs. Mwale disclosed that she learnt of the development early this month after confronting the victim who at the time was in a critical condition before taking her to the hospital prompting her to reveal the ordeal.
And the victim’s mother ,Anna Sikaoga 31 revealed that she was aware of the ordeal, but could not report the matter to Police because she was intimidated and threatened with divorce and subsequently death by her husband.
A Nurse on duty at Lundazi District Hospital who declined to disclose her name revealed that the minor had virginal discharge and swollen pelvic organs and complained of headache, stomach pains and vomiting.
The Medical Officer however described the girl’s condition as stable after medication.
Local Police at Lundazi Police Station confirmed receiving a defilement report but have not yet arrested the suspect. They said investigations had been instituted to trace the whereabouts of Sikaonga who was currently reported to have fled the district.
Meanwhile, Police expressed worry with the rising defilement cases in the district and called on members of the public to be responsible enough and educate girl children on the dangers of defilement cases.
The Police warned that defilers would not be spared to deter would be offenders.
And reports reaching ZANIS from the Water Affairs Compound indicate that Police in Lundazi on Wednesday this week directed the neighborhood watch to apprehend the suspect but attempts to do so failed after the suspected defiler dived into Lundazi River and swam ashore to the other side of the river banks, before boarding a Katete bound minibus.