49 Year Old Defiler Gets 14 Year Jail Term

Khobili meted out the stiffer punishment to send a warning to would be offenders Khobili meted out the stiffer punishment to send a warning to would be offenders

A First Grade Magistrate's Court in Neno district has convicted and sentenced a 49-year-old man, Daniel James for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old step daughter ten times.

According to court records, the incident took place when the victims mother went to attend night prayers which gave the convict an advantage to know the minor with threats of killing her if she reveals the ordeal.

This month of August her mother noticed some changes on her and when asked she narrated the story and the police was tipped, leading to the arrest of the convict.

According to Sub Inspector Golden Kakoma, who prosecuted the case, the convict threatened to kill the minor if she attepted to reveal the matter to her mother.

"The convict defiled the girl on that day and later, after some days he came again to do it and it became a habit to the convict, with continuous treats to kill the minor", said Kukoma.

Last month, the victim’s mother noticed some changes on her daughter, and when quizzed, she narrated the whole issue which led to the arrest of the man, the step father who started staying with the minor when she was only four years old.

Passing judgement, Her Worship Margret Khobili meted out the stiffer punishment to send a warning to would be offenders, while commiting the case to hight court for possible punishment enhancement.

"These cases are becoming common and it should be stoped, so I’m handing over this 14 year custodial sentence to you Daniel James so that others can learn from you", she said.

She added that the case will be committed to the high court for possible sentence enhancement saying her jurisdiction ends at 14 years in such cases.

Daniel James, hails from the area of group village headman Hauya, Senior Chief Dambe in the district.

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