Chinese rape accused flees?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:38:34 +0000

A CHINESE national who is facing one count of raping a fellow Chinese may have fled the country as his whereabouts remain unknown after his first non-appearance court a fortnight ago.

Che Delong yesterday failed to appear before Lusaka Magistrate Phaides Hamaundu for the second time in two weeks and none of his lawyers was in court to explain the accused’s reason of staying away from court.  .

On February 10, 2017, Ms. Hamaundu issued a bench warrant against Che, 34, of house number 40, Millennium Village, Long Acres, Lusaka; and yesterday she adjourned the matter to March 21, 2017, for return of the bench warrant.

Che was scheduled to appear for mention but when the matter was called he was nowhere to be seen nor his lawyers.

It is alleged that between December 22 and December 30, 2016,Che had unlawful carnal knowledge of a named travel consultant of Carla Travel Agency.

In her affidavit in support of summons for an order to compel the accused to surrender his DNA for forensic examination, the complainant of house number 23 Millennium Village, said on dates unknown but between December 21 and December 29, 2016, she was taken out to have some alcoholic drinks with a group of Chinese nationals at Arcades Shopping Centre in Lusaka.

“After we arrived home I was feeling drunk and Mr. Che Delong offered to take me upstairs to my room where he had sexual intercourse with me without my consent. After the above mentioned act I felt embarrassed and ashamed to report to my brother as it happened while I was drunk and I was not allowed to take alcohol by my brother.

“On dates unknown but between 23rd December and 29th December, 2016, the said Mr. Che Delong continued to have sexual intercourse with me without my consent for a period close to one week under threats and intimidation. I was threatened and intimidated by the accused not to report this matter,” the victim said.

She said on December 30, 2016, she surrendered her vaginal swabs to the police after she was advised to report.

“In the premise I humbly urge this honourable court to grant me an order to compel the accused to surrender his DNA for forensic examination so that the same is compared with what the police have,” the victim said.

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