8 June 2014

Tanzania: Rapist Sentenced to 30 Years

Namanyere — NKASI District Court in Rukwa Region has sentenced a resident of Katongolo Village along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Martin Misala (20) to 30 years in jail after he was found guilty of assaulting and raping a 16-year old girl.

Reading the judgment on Friday, the trial magistrate, Mr Ramadhan Rugemalira told the court that the prosecution led by Assistant Inspector of Police Hamimu Gwelo proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had committed the crime.

Prosecution summoned four witnesses to substantiate its case while the accused defended himself.

According to court documents, the accused committed the crime on October 20, last year shortly after mid -night at Katongolo Village, Kipili Ward in Kirando Division in Nkasi District.

It was further alleged before the court that on the material night, Misala attacked the girl, hitting her head with a bottle of beer and tied her hands with a rope before hauling her into a bush nearby.

The convict fled the scene of the crime leaving the victim with her hands still tied. It was alleged in court that, early in the morning some villagers who were going to their farmlands heard the cry from inside the bush and curiously they followed the cry and to their astonishment they saw the poor girl tied naked to a tree with a sisal rope.

The incident was reported to the village elders. The accused first appeared in court on November 5, last year.

In his mitigation, the accused begged for clemency as he has a family to look after, however Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Gwelo asked the court to severely punish the accused because rape has become rife in the district and victims of rape are affected psychologically.

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