A 55-YEAR-OLD peasant farmer of Choma has been sentenced to 45 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court for defiling three of his biological daughters.
This was in a case in which Kolwa Moono of Singani village was charged with three counts of defilement.
Particulars of the offence are that on dates unknown but between January 1, and 29 November, 2008, in Choma, Moono allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge of the three girls under the age of 16.
In mitigation, Moono, through his lawyer Switz Mweemba, said he had been in custody for a long time and that he had learnt his lesson.
“My Lord the convict is a first offender who deserves some mercy and it is his prayer that the court will exercise leniency on him,” Mr Mweemba said.
Livingstone High Court judge-in- charge Ernest Mukulwamutiyo said he had considered the fact that the convict was a first offender and that he deserved some leniency.
“In the first, second and third count, I sentence you to 15 years imprisonment each with hard labour,” he said.
Judge Mukulwamutiyo, however, said the sentences will run concurrently starting from December 2, 2008.
In the same court, a 17-year-old juvenile of Livingstone has been committed to Katombora Reformatory School for murdering his friend aged 16 years.
Facts before the court are that on April 14, this year, the juvenile killed his friend.
Judge Mukulwamutiyo said the juvenile had been found guilty of murder.
Zambia Daily Mail