THE Chipata High Court has sentenced a 33-year-old Chipata man to 19 years imprisonment with hard labour for repeatedly defiling his 14-year-old stepdaughter and infecting her with HIV and a urinary infection.
Lusaka-based High Court judge William Mweemba found Jackson Jere guilty of one count of defilement.
Particulars of the offence are that the convict, on April 25, 2015 in Chipata, unlawfully had carnal knowledge of his 14-year-old step daughter whom he had kept for 10 years.
Mr Justice Mweemba said instead of looking after the minor, Jere misused the trust and faith given to him by defiling the girl on three occasions.
“I have noted from the medical report that the victim tested positive for HIV and got a urinary tract infection. I have also noted that the convict defiled the victim, who is now 14 years, at least on three occasions. In my view, this is also an aggravating factor,” he said.
Mr Justice Mweemba sentenced the convict to 19 years imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the day of arrest on May 14, 2015.
In a similar case, a 48-year-old man of Chipata was also sentenced to 19 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 12-year-old girl.
Particulars of the offence are that John Daka, on April 26, 2015 in Chipata defiled a 12-year-old girl.
Mr Justice Mweemba said in the absence of any aggravating factors, he was sentencing the convict to 19 years imprisonment with hard labour.
And the same court sentenced a Sinda man to 10 years imprisonment for manslaughter after causing the death of his mother whom he hit with a stick.
Particulars of the offence are that Saini Lungu, on April 15, 2015 in Sinda, unlawfully caused the death of his mother Tisilile Mwanza.
Mr Justice Mweemba noted that from the statements of facts in a bid to quell a fight between the convict and his brother Daniel Lungu, the deceased, Tisilile Mwanza who was their mother, picked a stick and hit the convict on the back.
The convict retaliated by grabbing the stick from his mother and hit her on the head, shoulder and stomach. She fell to the ground and was taken to Nyanje Mission Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Mr Justice Mweemba sentenced the convict to 10 years imprisonment effect April 24, 2015.