THE Chipata High Court has jailed a 44-year-old farmer in Chadiza for 20 years for defiling and impregnating his own daughter aged 15.
Macha Banda was charged with one count of defilement and the matter was referred to the Chipata High Court for sentencing from the magistrate’s court. Banda defiled his Grade Six daughter between October 1, 2014 and January 2, 2015.
During a sitting in Chipata, Lusaka-based High Court judge Anne Sitali sentenced Banda to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling his daughter.
The girl, who is Banda’s third born child, was defiled while she was sleeping with her younger siblings. Banda has 10 children.
The court heard that the girl has since had a miscarriage.
Meanwhile, Ms Justice Sitali sentenced Moses Ngwira of Chipata to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a minor.
Others that were slapped with 15-year jail sentences for similar offences were Levison Banda of Katete and David Phiri of Chadiza, while Pathias Tembo was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour.
And in another development, the Kabwe High Court has sentenced a 33-year-old farmer of Mkushi to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for setting a family house on fire after differing with his wife, KALUNGA MUSONDA reports in Kabwe.
The family lost property worth K3,630 in the inferno.
In this case, Stanley Lukau set the house on fire on August 4, 2014 after his wife, Patience Chongo, left him and went to her parents after a domestic dispute. The court heard that on the material day, Lukau followed his wife to her parents’ house to tell off his in-laws, and after that, he returned home and set the house alight before fleeing.
Lukau, who pleaded guilty to the charge, appeared before Kabwe High Court judge Dominic Sichinga when the matter came up for sentencing.
“The offence you committed of setting fire on your own house, which also belongs to your wife, is a serious offence. The minimum sentence for arson is 10 years and maximum is life imprisonment,” Mr Justice Sichinga told the convict.
Mr Justice Sichinga then handed down a 10-year jail sentence on Lukau, effective from the date of arrest on August 7, 2014.