The Mansa High Court has slapped a 15-year jail term on a 35-year-old male nurse of St Paul’s Hospital in Nchelenge district in Luapula Province for raping a 17-year-old girl while she was seeking medical treatment at the health facility.
Justice Davis Mumba sent to jail Joseph Kabaso of Daison village in Nchelenge who was facing one count of rape.
In passing the judgment, Justice Mumba said Kabaso had betrayed the confidence and trust which was bestowed on him by his employer to look after patients.
He said Kabaso took advantage of the girl’s sickness, injected her with some medication which made her feel drowsy before raping her.
“I sentence you to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour and if you are not happy with my conviction, you can appeal to the Supreme Court within 14 days,” justice Mumba said.
On July 17 last year, Mumba had unlawful carnal knowledge of the named patient without her consent.
During trial at the lower court, the victim testified that on the fateful night around 22:00 hours, she was referred to the hospital as she had abdominal pains.
She narrated that she was then admitted to the emergency room due to lack of space at the hospital.
“Around 23:00 hours, I was taken to the treatment room and Kabaso refused my mother who had taken me to the hospital to enter the room, saying she might get some infection,” she narrated.
“He then gave me an injection which made me feel drowsy, when I woke up, I found him kissing me telling me that he loves me,” she narrated.
She said Kabaso injected her again and she fell asleep and only woke up after hours and discovered that she and Kabaso were naked.
She narrated that she shouted for help and that she was taken to Mbereshi Mission Hospital where it was discovered that she was raped.
The matter was later reported to police where Mumba was charged and arrested.