THE Ndola High Court has sentenced a 28-year-old man to 45 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a two-year-old baby.
High Court Judge Emelia Sunkutu expressed shock and sadness before handing down the sentence to Eustas Kunda of plot 26 Ndeke Village in Mufulira.
Ms Justice Sunkutu said it was sad that most of the men who were slapped with defilement charges in her court were married and had children.
Kunda was convicted by a lower court after he was found guilty of defiling the toddler.
On August 3, last year, Kunda had unlawful carnal knowledge of the baby.
In mitigation, he pleaded for lenience through his lawyer from the Legal Aid Counsel.
The legal Aid counsel pleaded that his client was a first offender who was married with two children and was a youth.
Ms Justice Sunkuntu in passing the sentence said she had heard the mitigation and told the accused that his behaviour was embarrassing.
"The child you defiled is a very young and innocent baby; you were supposed to protect that child as a parent.
"For this reason, I am giving you a deterrent sentence. I, therefore, sentence you to 45 years in prison with hard labour," she said.
In the same court, a 26-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for defiling a six-year-old girl.
The judge sentenced Smart Mukwakwa of Mwansabombwe Village on Kabwe Road in Ndola after he was convicted by the lower court.
Mukwakwa on September 18 last year had unlawful carnal knowledge of the six-year-old girl.