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Court reserves ruling due to laptop fault

The Magistrates Court in Limbe has adjourned to Friday a ruling on whether or not a Dutch national, accused of child trafficking and sexually abusing Malawian girls and boys has a case to answer.

Speaking outside the courtroom, one of the state lawyers in the matter, Victor Jere said Magistrate Tsoka Banda has told them that his failure to give the ruling is because his laptop developed a fault.

“The Magistrate says he had the ruling in his laptop and it (laptop) has crashed. He is hoping that by Friday morning, he will have managed to get somebody to fix his laptop and print the ruling.” Reported the State lawyer.

Akster: waiting for the court’s ruling

The accused, Wim Akster who was arrested in April last year for allegedly molesting three girls and three boys, is answering charges of indecent assault and child trafficking.

The survivors are said to have been beneficiaries of scholarships and bursaries offered by Timotheos Foundation, where Akster was working as the Finance Director.

Recently, various rights groups petitioned the government through the office of the Director of Public Prosecution-DPP to intervene in prosecuting the accused on grounds that the case has stalled for a long time.

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