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Juvenile drug suspect weeps in court during mother’s address

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A 16-YEAR-OLD girl charged with trafficking in psychotropic substances on Friday wept in the Chipata High Court after judge Petronella Ngulube asked her mother several questions relating to her case.

The juvenile was committed to the High Court by the Chipata Subordinate Court for confirmation of the sentence.

When the case came up, judge Ngulube invited the mother of the girl to the front of the court and asked her whether she was aware that her daughter smoked marijuana.

The mother said she was not aware but that she observed strange behaviour in the girl.

“I didn’t know that she smokes marijuana, but I used to get several reports from school that she fights with colleagues. This girl is an orphan; her father died sometime back. I can only appeal to the court to help me because all I want is for her to go back to school,” she said.

Asked to tell the court the measures that it should take against her daughter, the woman consistently said she wanted her daughter to continue with her education.

When asked how she started smoking, the girl, who was sobbing, said it was a result of peer pressure.

She later told court that she would stop smoking and start school if given a second chance.

Judge Ngulube ruled that the girl should undergo a two-year probation under the Chipata Social Welfare office.

The court also upheld a four months sentence slapped on Henry Phiri for unlawful possession of biological resources.

Phiri was found in possession of 72 logs of Mukula tree.

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