Teacher acquitted of assaulting head

A Secondary School Teacher Dazwell Sichilongo who allegedly assaulted his  headteacher, a Catholic nun, at Roma Girls Secondary School, has been acquitted by the Lusaka Magistrates court.

Sicholongo, a science teacher, had denied assaulting Sister Emma Chakupaleza.  Magistrates Aridah Chulu acquitted Sichilongo yesterday after Sister Chakupaleza made an application to withdraw the case without any conditions.

Defence lawyer Dickson Jere told the court that Sister Chakupaleza and Sichilongo had reconciled under the leadership of the church and that the spirit of leadership and Christianity had taken over.

Chakupaleza, who is acting  headteacher, withdrew the case when the matter came up for commencement of trial.

However, Magistrate Chulu warned Sichilongo to control his temper because if he would be allowing emotions to control him, he risked committing murder and go to jail.

Sister Chakupaleza  was beaten up by Sichilongo in a dispute after locking the house occupied by the accused for alleged failure to pay K1,500 rent.

This incensed Sichilongo who attacked the nun with punches, claiming that  Sister Chakupaleza decided to lock the house despite knowing that his bank account had been blocked on technicality.

He was arrested and later released on bond.