-- A LUSAKA teenager facing a charge of drug trafficking shocked a magistrates' court when he said he had been smoking cannabis thinking it was a love herb used to woo girls.
The Grade Eight boy, who is 14-years-old, is facing two counts of being in possession of psychotropic substances and trafficking contrary to section six of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
When the matter came up for plea before magistrate Boniface Mwiinga, the teenager pleaded guilty to both counts.
The boy explained that he thought it was a herb used to attract girls, much to the surprise of the court.
"I was smoking it. I thought it was a herb for attracting girls around me but to my surprise after smoking, I got so disturbed," he said.
The boy told the court that an old woman in the neighbourhood gave him the cannabis and that he did not know that it was in fact a drug.
He said he had requested the woman for a herb which would assist him attract girls as he was shy to approach them.
"I am requesting that you release me since I have told you the truth. I want to go and check if I have passed to Grade Eight, did I commit any crime by smoking herbs to woo girls around me," he pleaded.
Mr Mwiinga has since adjourned the matter to January 9, this year for reading of facts and sentencing, while the boy was remanded in custody.
Copyright The Times of Zambia. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com).
by Delphine Zulu
Jan 07, 2013 (The Times of Zambia/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX)
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