Mzimba Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday sentenced 40-year-old Chimwemwe Zimba to 21 years imprisonment for defiling his nine-year-old daughter at Embangweni in the district.
The court heard through State prosecutor Patrick Lungu that on the night of August 29, Zimba, who slept on the same mat with his wife and two children, defiled his daughter moments after his wife refused him sex.
He said the victim cried for help, but the mother didn’t hear her as she was asleep.
“The father threatened the daughter not to reveal the ordeal but she later did when her grandmother on September 1 discovered that her genitals oozed blood mixed with pus,” said Lungu.
The prosecutor further told the court that the victim was taken to Embangweni Mission Hospital and later referred to Mzimba District Hospital for medical examination and treatment.
Zimba pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him but the State paraded four witnesses who proved the case against him.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded for leniency, saying his wife cannot take care of the family alone.
However, senior resident magistrate Mathews Msiska handed Zimba 21 years imprisonment, saying the victim was traumatised.
The magistrate further said as a father, he was supposed to protect his daughter against such kind of abuses.
Zimba hails from Chimgadabu Village in Traditional Authority Mzukuzuku in the district.