Chipata man jailed 27 years for defilement

By Staff Reporter

The Chipata High Court has sentenced a 36-year-old man of Vwala village in Chief Chikuwe’s area to 27 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling his 13 year old step daughter and infecting her with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Before Lusaka Judge William Mweemba was Donald Ngoma who was committed to High Court for sentencing by the Chipata Subordinate Court.

Ngoma had carnal knowledge of his step daughter on 21st October, 2017.

In his defence in the lower Court Ngoma claimed that he was just implicated by his wife after he found her committing adultery on two occasions.

Judge Mweemba said he took into consideration what the defence counsel said in mitigation that the convict was the first offender who was remorseful and was asking for leniency.

He therefore sentenced Ngoma to 27 years with effect of the day of arrest.

Judge Mweemba also sentenced Morgan Ngulube of Lundazi to six years imprisonment with hard labour after he was found in possession of a protected government trophy namely bones of a pangolin.

The Court also jailed Oscar Nyirongo of Lundazi seven years for possessing a prescribed government trophy namely six pieces of ivory weighing 8 kilogrammes.

Gabriel Nkhoma also of Lundazi was sentenced to seven years for possessing a leopard skin without authority.

Judge Mweemba noted that such cases were prevalent in Eastern province and warned that offenders needed to be punished to deter would be offenders.

Meanwhile, the Livingstone High Court has sentenced a man of Monze to 35 years imprisonment with hard labour for having carnal knowledge of his 12 year old niece.

Alfred Mauma was committed to the Livingstone High Court for sentencing after finding him guilty by the Monze Subordinates Court of having sexual intercourse with his brother’s daughter.

Mauma is alleged to have swayed the 12 year old girl into the bush when she was on her way to the hammer mill.

The sentence was passed by Judge Charles Zulu of Ndola High Court now sitting in the Livingstone High Court.

Judge Zulu has ruled that the convict has not only brought shame to himself but the family as a whole by having carnal knowledge of his niece instead of protecting her.