A PEASANT of Mazabuka, aged 32, has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Livingstone High Court for defiling a nine-year-old girl.
This is in a case in which Lucky Ngandu was charged with defilement of a child.
It is alleged that on September 1, in 2012, Ngandu had unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 16.
The State told the court that the convict was a first offender.
In mitigation, through Legal Aid Board lawyer Martin Mankika, Ngandu pleaded with the court for maximum leniency.
“My Lord, my client is a first offender, who by law is entitled to leniency and he is remorseful for the offence that he committed.
“My client is a young man, who at the time he committed the offence was 29 years old. Once he is given an opportunity by this court, he is ready to help to contribute to the development of this country,” Mr Mankinka said.
Livingstone High Court Judge Lishomwa Nawa Muuka said he had taken note of the convict’s mitigation through his lawyer.
“This offence that you committed has got a statutory prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment with hard labour. I therefore send you to prison for 15 years imprisonment with hard labour and the sentence is effective the 13th May 2013,” he said.