THE Chipata High Court has sentenced a 40-yea-old man to 16 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling an 11-year-old girl in a toilet.
And the Chipata High Court has jailed three men 10 years each with hard labour for arson.
This is the matter in which Layeni Daka of Chipata was brought before Lusaka judge Elita Phiri Mwikisa, who is currently sitting in Chipata, for sentencing on Wednesday.
Judge Mwikisa said she noted from the records that the convict waylaid the girl who was sent to a shop by her parents and dragged her into the toilet where he had carnal knowledge of her.
She said the victim was with her young brother who was also a prosecution witness in the matter.
Judge Mwikisa wondered why defilers kept on committing such offences despite sentences that were being meted out by the courts.
“You are the people who destroy young ones. As a court, we are at loss because no matter how we sentence you, you continue committing these offences. It doesn’t pay to defile young ones, why can’t you go for adult women? You destroyed the future of this young girl. You should be ashamed of yourself,” she said.
Judge Mwikisa said the 16 years is with effect from June 24, 2019 when the convict was arrested.
She also jailed three men in separate arson cases that were brought before her for sentencing.
Those who were brought before her for sentencing and where slapped with 10-year jail terms include Silizani Phiri, Lyford Mwanza and Gabriel Banda.
Judge Mwikisa told the convicts that criminality does not pay adding that they should use their time in prison to reflect on what they did.
Mabvuto Kaluba Lungu of Katete was sentenced to eight years with hard labour for stock theft.
Lungu stole 22 herds of cattle worthy K64,000.
Muleza Hardson Nyirenda was jailed five years for unlawful possession of prescribed trophy.
Nyirenda was found selling a pair of Ivory in Nyimba district.