The Karonga First Grade Magistrate Court on February 14, 2020 convicted and sentenced 22-year-Yesaya Mtegha to 9 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 13-year old girl.
The offence he committed contravenes Section 138 (1) of the Penal code and attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The court through state prosecutor Sub-Inspector Alfred Chidzere heard that on December 25, 2019, Mtegha and two others defiled a 13-year-old girl at Kambwe Beach at around 2000 hours.
Mtegha pleaded not guilty. Following his plea, the state paraded six witnesses to prove the allegation as required by law in criminal proceedings.
Considering the evidence tendered before the court, Mtegha was found guilty of the crime.
In submission Chidzere argued that the offence which Mtegha committed is serious and common in the district and across the country. He further argued that the victim is relatively young and will live be traumatized the rest of her life. Therefore, he prayed for stiffer punishment to act as deterrence to would be offenders.
In mitigation Mtegha told the court that he looks after his mother and other relatives. Therefore he asked the court for leniency.
In determination, First Grade Magistrate Julius Kalambo concurred with the state that the offence is serious and common in the district. Then sentenced Mtegha to 9 years imprisonment with hard labour.
Yesaya Mtegha hails from Mbwefu village, in the area of Tradition Authority Kyungu in Karonga.
Sub-Inspector Frank Black
Deputy Public Relations Officer
Karonga Police Station