21 Years IHL for Defilement

Senior Resident Magistrate Asunta Maxwell, concurred with the state and ordered Yobe who hails from Chikumba Village, Traditional Authority Changata to spend the next 21 years in prison Senior Resident Magistrate Asunta Maxwell, concurred with the state and ordered Yobe who hails from Chikumba Village, Traditional Authority Changata to spend the next 21 years in prison

A 51-year old Robert Yobe has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment with hard labor (IHL) in Thyolo for defiling a 2-year-old girl.

State prosecutor Sub Inspector Abigail Mayuni, told the court that on April 1, 2022 at around 7 O'clock in the morning, the mother to the victim left her home with two sisters while she went out for business.

Prosecutor Mayuni added that later, the sisters also left the victim for the market entrusting the convict who was a neighbor, but he then defiled her.

However, on their return, they observed that blood was oozing from her private parts.

This prompted them to report the issue to their mother who was already back from work.

The victim was taken to Masambanjati Health Centre for medical assistance and treatment where results indicated that she was defiled.

After informing the police of the ordeal, the suspect was later apprehended.

Appearing before court, Yobe pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement which is contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code, which prompted the state to parade four witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Mayuni prayed for stuffer punishment, citing that such cases are becoming rampant in the area.

In mitigation, Yobe pleaded for leniency saying "I am a bread winner for my family".

Passing the sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Asunta Maxwell, concurred with the state and ordered Yobe who hails from Chikumba Village, Traditional Authority Changata to spend the next 21 years in prison.

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