Chikwawa — The First Grade Magistrate Court in Chikwawa on Friday convicted and sentenced William Masiyamphoka, 20, to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a five-year-old girl.
The court, through Police Prosecutor Levison Musote, heard that on January 23, this year the convict defiled the girl in a bush within Ingazi Village in the area of Paramount Chief Lundu in the district.
"Your worship, the accused was seen heading towards the direction of Ndakwera with the victim. The person who saw the two alerted the girl's father who promptly mounted a search," Musote told the court.
He added that the father found the daughter while crying and emerging from the bush.
"She revealed that she had been defiled by the accused (Masiyamphoka) after enticing her with a dough nut," Musote said.
During trial, Masiyamphoka denied the charge prompting the state to parade four witnesses who testified against the accused.
In his submission, Prosecutor Musote asked the court to consider meting out a stiff sentence considering the gravity of the offence and the trauma that the little girl had suffered.
Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Gladstone Chilundu concurred with the state and further lamented over the increase in defilement cases in the district, saying perpetrators such as Masiyamphoka deserve stiff penalties to deter would - be offenders.
Chilundu, therefore, went on to slap the accused with a 12-year custodial sentence.
Masiyamphoka hails from Ingadzi Village in the area of Traditional Authority Lundu in Chikwawa.