Kasungu First Grade Magistrate Court on Monday convicted and sentenced a 45-year-old man Samalani Banda to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 10-year-old girl.
Banda committed the offence last month when he ambushed the girl while she was relieving herself in a bush.
The court heard that the victim on the particular day was playing with friends at the convict’s home and In the course of playing; she excused herself and went into the nearby bush to ease herself.
Banda, who was around, saw the victim going into the bush and followed her. He then tied the victim and defiled her.
The victim reported the matter to her grandfather who immediately reported to Kasungu Police Station.
Banda pleaded guilty to the charge of Defilement which is contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.
And in mitigation, he asked for leniency as he is first offender.
His plea was quashed by the State prosecutor Sub-Inspector Kamaliza who described Banda’s conduct as inhumane.
Kamaliza wondered how a responsible 45-yearold man could force himself on an innocent girl.
Kasungu First Grade Magistrate Damiano Banda concurred with Kamaliza and said people like the convict deserved no mercy in the book of law in order to deter others of similar character.
Samalani Banda hails from Tambala village under Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu district.