THE Kabwe High Court has sentenced a 34-year-old Chibombo farmer who raped a 17-year-old girl to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour after he was found guilty of the offence.
In her judgment, Justice Elita Mwikisa said as a result of the action by the convict, the girl's future was in a shambles.
Particulars of the offence were that Lemon Kasempa on May 4, 2012 in Chibombo District had carnal knowledge of the girl without her consent contrary to the law.
The girl testified during trial that she was sent to Chiwalu Village within Chibombo to collect money but on her way back, she met Kasempa who later dragged her in the nearby bush and forced himself on her.
The case was reported to the neighbourhood watch who apprehended Kasempa and took him to the police station.
In passing judgment, Ms Justice Mwikisa said it was sad that Kasempa could act in such a manner and expressed worry over continued reports of rape.
Meanwhile, defence for the two Kabwe-based soldiers accused of murdering a 17-year-old pregnant woman failed to take off on Friday after one of the lawyers representing the accused was reported ill.
This is in a case in which Steven Kabayo and Brian Kayuni are facing one count of murder contrary to Section 200 of the Laws of Zambia.
The two are alleged to have murdered Melody Kasonde between December 27 and 29, 2011.
Ms Kasonde's body was put in a trunk and later dumped in an unused well.
But when the case came up on Friday, the lawyer applied for an adjournment after the court was informed that the lawyer representing Mr Kabayo was unwell.
The two accused persons were recently found with a case to answer and put on their defence.
Mr Justice Mwikisa adjourned the matter to the next session in February 2013.