Chinsali, October 16, 2019, ZANIS---The High Court sitting in Chinsali of Muchinga has sentenced a Mafinga man to jail for 45 years with hard labour for defilement.

And a Mpika man has equally been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment with hard labour for defilement.

This is in case in which Noah Nyirongo,  of Muyombe in Mafinga district in Muchinga Province,  was charged with one count of defilement contrary to section 138 (1) of the penal code as read with amendment Act number 15 of 2005 and Act number 2 of 2011 Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia .

Particulars of the offence were that Noah Nyirongo on 18 Day of March, unlawfully did carnally knowledge of a minor.

Nyirongo was found guilty, convicted and committed to the High Court for sentencing by the subordinate court in Isoka.

In passing judgment, Kabwe High Court Judge in charge Kelvin Limbani sentenced Nyirongo to jail for 45 years with hard labour.

Judge Limbani said he was sending Nyirongo to jail so as to deter other would be offenders from committing such acts.

The Judge said the courts of law will remain resilient in ensuring stiffer punishment is given to those found guilty of charges of defilement so as to protect minors in the country.

And equally a Mpika man has equally been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment with hard labour for defilement.

This is in a case in which Collins Nkole, 21 was found guilty of defiling his three year old niece.

Particulars of the offence were Collins Nkole on 27th May at Mpika unlawful did have carnal knowledge of a minor under the age of 16.

In sentencing Nkole, Judge Limbani said it is unfortunate that Nkole sexually abused his three year old niece he was entrusted to take care of.

Judge Limbani said the behaviour of Nkole will have long term effects on the minor saying the physical adding the act will have psychological and traumatize the minor in future.

He said he was sentencing Nkole to jail for 40 years so that he can have time to reflect on his behaviour.

The two convicts were represented by Manda Kapisha and Kasenga Chisala of the Legal Aid Board.

However, describing two sentences as harsh, defence counsel Manda Kapisha said the defence team will appeal to the Supreme Court.

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