By Dominic Sikopo
THE accused Mr. Pedro Botholomeus Chingandu was sentenced to an effective 18 years in jail after he was found guilty of raping his Step daughter .
Mr. Chingandu was arrested on Jan uary 7, 2011 in the village of Chilulu, Kaenda area on allegations of having raped his daughter who was six years old at the time.
It is believed that the victim was sent by her mother to Mr. Chingandu`s household to collect sweet aid, the mother and the accused had been living separately as the mother had just given birth.
The mother realised that her daughter was taking long to return from where she had sent her, the woman then decided to follow her and when she reached the accused`s house she proceeded to open the door, upon entry she noticed that her daughter`s panties lay on the floor of the accused while he (Mr. Chingandu) was on the bed naked.
Later the mother asked her daughter what had happened, she explained that Mr. Chingandu had removed her panties and proceeded to put her on top of him and that he had inserted(something in her private parts she described as “something her young brother uses to pee”), the minor explained.
She added that she felt some pain , as a result of her discovery the mother informed other neighbours which led to the arrest of the accused even though the accused was denying the allegations, he was convicted of the rape charge he was accused of because of the over whelming evidence against him.
Dr. Helen Bainga who testified for the State indicated that during her examination of the victim she realised that the minor`s Hymen was absent.
The accused did not testify in his defence but opted to remain silent, as a result the State evidence was left un-opposed which led to the conviction of the accused on 5 December 2013 and was sentenced on 15 January 2014.
Mr. William Kasitomo acted as the Regional Court Magistrate while Mr. Jatiel Mudamburi acted as State Prosecutor.
His case no is RC 04/2012, CR number: 5/01/2011.