A 66-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling his 13-year-old step daughter.
Kasungu First Grade Magistrate heard through prosecutor Sergeant Sibongire Mpumulo, that Lezibart Damson Mtemang’ombe committed the offence on November, 17, 2021.
“On that day, the victim’s mother went to a salon and when coming back she found the convict defiling the victim. The mother then reported the matter to Kasungu Police Station who issued the victim with a hospital referral letter. Examination results from Kasungu District Hospital proved that the victim was indeed defiled,” Mpumulo told the court.
The man was arrested on November 20, 2021 at Bowe Trading centre.
Appearing in court, Mtemang’ombe pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement which prompted the state to parade four witnesses to prove the case.
In his mitigation, the convict pleaded for leniency saying he was also diagnosed with stroke.
In submission, the state prayed for a stiffer punishment saying being the father, it was his responsibility to take good care of the victim.
Prosecutor Mpumulo observed that being a retired teacher, the convict was supposed to be civilised but instead, he defiled the girl.
Passing the sentence, Magistrate Damiano Banda concurred with the state hence sentenced Mtemang’ombe to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour to deter would-be offenders.
Mteman’ombe hails from Nyonyo Village, Traditional Authority Dzoole in Dowa district.