A 42 year old man of Chipata district was yesterday sentenced to 27 years imprisonment with hard labour for defilement, by the Chipata High Court.

Appearing before High Court Judge William Mweemba was Donald Ngoma who stood charged with one count of defilement, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Facts are that, Ngoma on August, 21, 2018 did have unlawful canal knowledge with a minor.

Ngoma was convicted by the Chipata Magistrate Court and referred to the High Court for sentencing.

In mitigation, Ngoma through Senior Legal Aid Counsel John Phiri said he was a first offender and was sorry for his action.

And in delivering judgement, Justice Mweemba said he had taken note what was said in mitigation, but that Ngoma’s action was in bad taste especially that he defiled his step daughter who was only 13 years of age when the crime was committed.

He said Ngoma misused the trust that the victim had in him as well as infected her with HIV/AIDS, which are aggravating circumstances.

Justice Mweemba then sentenced Ngoma to 27 years imprisonment with hard labour effective from the date of arrest.

Meanwhile a man of Lundazi district was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for being found in possession of a prescribed government trophy.

Facts are that, Morgan Ngulube was on August, 27, 2018 found in possession of scales and bones of a Pangolin without lawful authority as required by law.

Ngulube was convicted by the Lundazi Magistrate Court and referred to the High Court for sentencing.

In mitigation, Senior Legal Aid Counsel John Phiri said the convict was a first offender who readily pleaded guilty to the subject offence and regrets having committed the offence.

In delivering judgement, Justice Mweemba said he heard what was said in mitigation but that cases of such nature were very common in Eastern Province and thus the offender needed to be punished by the courts of law.

Justice Mweemba said to deter would-be offenders, he was going to sentence Ngulube to 6 years imprisonment with hard labour effective the date of arrest.

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