Mzuzu man pleads guilty for sexually assaulting two girls: Jailed 16 years

Mzuzu First Magistrate Court Friday sentenced a 25-year-old man to 16 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour ( ILH) for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls.

The court heard that Charles Ng`oma sexually assaulted the two girls on the night of 22 to 23 October, 2012 at his home in Mchengautuwa Township when they were coming from their friend’s home within the location.

When the girls were passing by Ng`oma’s house, he told them to enter the house so that he could greet them. Immediately after the girls entered the house, he closed the door and defiled them, contrary to section 138 (1) of the Penal Code.

He threatened the two girls that he would kill them if they disclosed the matter to anyone.

However, the following morning, one of the girls revealed the incident to her parents who reported to police who referred them to a hospital for medical examination. The examination results confirmed that both girls were defiled.

Ng’oma pleaded guilty and was consequently convicted.

Police Prosecutor Forster Saidi pleaded with the court for a stiffer penalty arguing that the offence was a felony which attracts a maximum penalty of death or life imprisonment IHL.

Sentencing

Passing judgment, Chief Resident Magistrate Joseph Chigona concurred with the state saying it is the duty of the court to protect children from people like Ng’oma by imposing stiffer sentences to deter others from committing similar offence.

“These offences are very common these days;  young girls and women seem to be  living in fear because of people like you. We, as a court, won`t condone that,” he said.

Chigona then sentenced him to eight years IHL for defiling each girl.

He ruled that the sentences should run consecutively from the day of arrest.

Ng`oma  hails from Mtuwa Village in the area of Inkosi ya Makosi M`mbwelwa IV in Mzimba District.

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