Magistrate court in Mangochi has sent to jail Kassim Somba aged 68 to 7 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for an offence of defilement of an imbecile contrary to section 139 of the penal code.
Constable Raphael Chitsamba, a Prosecutor based at Namwera Police Post told court that the victim of 20 years, is both an imbecile and orphan and has been in custody of Grace Farm Children Home in Namwera where the accused person works as a security guard.
On visit to the Children Home, Mangochi Social Welfare officials the victim complained that she have been defiled several times by the accused person in the nearby bush which is inside the campus and also he gives her money in order not to reveal to anyone.
The Prosecutor added that the matter was reported to Namwera Police Post and the results from Mangochi District Hospital confirmed that the victim was indeed sexually molested.
The accused pleaded not guilty but was however convicted of the crime after witnesses testified before the court.
Passing the judgement his worship first grade magistrate Ronald M’bwana sentenced him, to a 7 year jail term not only for taking advantage of the victim’s condition but also for failing to be honest and protect the orphans who were kept in his custody.
Kassim Somba hails from Somba Village in the area of Traditional Authority Jalasi in the district.