Man given 25 years for defiling an imbecile

A man of Petauke district has been sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling an imbecile.

Facts of the offence are that Michael Phiri between October 1 and 31, 2015 had unlawful carnal knowledge of an imbecile contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Phiri denied the charge but was convicted by the courts because the evidence brought against him was overwhelming.

In mitigation, Phiri through Counsel John Phiri asked the courts to be lenient with him as he was a first offender and was sorry for the offence committed.

In delivering judgement, Justice Lengalenga said she had considered the mitigation but that defiling and impregnating an imbecile was very unfortunate which calls for stiffer punishment by the courts.

She sentenced Phiri to twenty-five years imprisonment with hard labour effective the day of arrest.

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