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Mwanza man gets eight year jail term for defilement

Written by  Brian Wasili
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Mwanza, December 07, 2018: Mwanza First Grade Magistrate’s Court has convicted and sentenced Moses Mdala to eight years imprisonment with hard labour upon finding him guilty of defiling a minor.

Mwanza police prosecution witness, Sub Inspector Jane Juma told the court that Mdala committed the offence of defilement which is contrary to section 138 of the penal code on November 06, 2018. The crime attracts a maximum punishment of 14 years imprisonment.

The court heard that Mdala connived with Elube Isaki to pick the girl from her parents’ home at Chikolosa Village in Senior Chief Kanduku’s area and took her to one of the lodges at the Boma where Mdala defiled her.

“When the victim went home, she narrated her ordeal to her mother,” Juma further told the court, adding that the mother reported the incident to Mwanza Police Station.

The court also heard through Juma that the police referred the mother to Mwanza District Hospital for medical examinations which the prosecution witness said the results confirmed that the girl was indeed defiled.

It was also learnt in court that Mdala went into hiding after learning that the issue had been reported to the police.

“Your worship, the accused resurfaced on November 29 and was arrested on the same day,” she added.

Mdala pleaded guilty and admitted to the charge of defilement when he appeared before Mwanza First Grade Magistrate’s Court on November 30.

In mitigation, Mdala asked the court to exercise leniency when passing sentence on the basis that he is the sole breadwinner for his family.

Juma, therefore, asked the court to consider giving Mdala a stiffer sentence to serve both as a lesson to the accused and a deterrent to other would-be offenders.

However, passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate, Anne Chikhadzula agreed with the state  that the convict needed to be handed a meaningful punishment considering that cases of child abuse were rampant in the district.

“It is a considered view of this court that culprits like the one in the dock need to be given stiffer sentences to serve as a lesson and protect innocent girls from such evil acts,” observed Chikhadzula.

Chikhadzula, therefore, handed Mdala an eight year jail term.

Meanwhile, Isaki is still under police custody waiting to answer a charge of aiding and abetting a person to commit crime. Mdala, 31, comes from Msakambewa Village in the area of Senior Chief Kanduku in Mwanza.

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