Jailed 8 years for gay sex with 13-year-old boy

Zomba Magistrate court has convicted 35 year-old Billy Banda to eight years imprisonment with hard labour for having anal sex with a 13 year-old boy.

Eastern Region Police Public Relations Officer, Nicholas Gondwa said Banda was charged with sodomy contrary to the penal code.

Prosecutor superintendent, Dickens Mwambazi, told the court on 8 July 2011, Banda from Tampira Village, T/A Chikowi in Zomba District, met the boy on his way to Matiya Primary School and persuaded him to go to his house.

Mwambazi added that from 17 July 2011, the boy was having anal sex with Banda and was given K100 daily so that the boy should not reveal the encounter.

It was also reported the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Seven, searched for him for a week and later found him at Banda’s house after a tip.

The boy revealed the matter which was reported to the police, and Banda was arrested and charged with sodomy. In his mitigation, the accused pleaded for forgiveness by the court saying he had a wife and children to look after.

However, passing the judgment, Senior Resident Magistrate, Thereza Chome, said the court had observed that the offence was serious and dangerous in nature mainly to the victim who is a child.

She also said the accused had a plan to commit the offence he deserved a stiffer punishment in order to protect children from people of such character. Banda was sentenced to eight years imprisonment with hard labour.

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