Court proceedings in a case where a man stood accused of defiling a minor were almost disrupted when the accused was publicly identified by the complainant.
Identified as Rasta in court, Duke Nyauma is accused of defiling the 15-year-old girl in August after posing as a good Samaritan helping the minor find her way home.
“Ni wewe, you are the one who did bad manners to me,” the minor called out the dreadlocked suspect in court as the prosecutor tried to calm her.
According to court documents, the minor was on her way home after leaving school late in the evening when she bumped into Nyauma.
The schoolgirl told the court that Nyauma asked her to follow him to his house on the pretext of offering her accommodation only for the suspect to do the unthinkable.
"He threatened to beat me if I failed to give in. Whenever I refused he would beat me before he continuously defiled me,” the minor told the court while fighting tears.
The schoolgirl said she was rescued by Nyauma's neighbour who saw her peeping through an opening in the walls of the house and asked her what was going on.
The girl was rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment while Nyauma was arrested.
The suspect stands accused of abducting and defiling the girl.