LUSAKA High Court Judge Annesi Bobo Phiri has sentenced a 38 year old man to 26 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a neighbour’s daughter aged six.
Madam Justice Banda expressed sadness that even after imposing stiffer punishments and longer sentences defilers and society at large seem not to desist from the heinous unlawful sexual acts which left indelible memories to victims.
This is was in a matter where Timothy Katongo a Lusaka resident was facing one count of having unlawful carnal knowledge of a named girl under the age of 16 on June 3 this year contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
When the matter came up for sentencing during the week from the subordinate court, Judge Banda said the offence committed was on an increase and that it was the duty of the court to impose sentences that would deter would be offenders and help reduce the vice.
“ The offence committed is very serious, I have looked at the record and discovered that you actually defiled your neighbour’s daughter with impunity, I therefore sentence you to 26 years with hard labour,” she said.
Facts were that on the material day, the convict went to the victim’s house where he found the girl’s mother and asked if she was around on the pretext of sending her to go buy cigarettes for him.
The victim’s mother allowed her to go with the convict but observed that she looked sick upon her return.
“She then noticed that her dress was wet and got suspicious, she checked her and found semen on her pants, that was when she revealed that Katongo had been having sex with her on several occasions and reported him to the police,” she said.
The victim testified that she could not inform anyone because the convict threatened to kill her mother if she revealed.