Corpun file 15130
Sunday Observer, Dar es Salaam, 6 February 2005
Lindi peasant jailed 71 years
By Saidi Hamdani, PST, Lindi
The Lindi District Court magistrate, Michael
Mteite, sentenced a peasant in Ruangwa District, Lindi Region,
Abdul Rashidi Chimbuli (40), to 71 years imprisonment and 24
strokes of the cane after finding him guilty of rape, last
The court convicted Chimbuli on four counts breaking into
someone's house, raping a pregnant woman four times, eloping
with somebody's wife and robbery.
Prosecuting, Inspector Christopher Fuime told the court that the
accused committed the offences on August 17 last year, in
The raped woman was Mwanahamisi Ally (24), the wife of Mohamed
Fuime explained that the accused broke into the couple's
house shortly after midnight.
In her testimony, Mwanahamisi said the culprit was brandishing a
machete. He ordered her to surrender money to him, but when she
replied that she had none, he struck her with the flat side of
the weapon and then forcibly had sex with the victim.
She tearfully narrated further that the culprit then ordered her
to carry her five-year-old child and accompany him to an unknown
destination. Along the way, he forcibly had sex with her three
She said at sunrise, they reached Chunyu village, some 15
kilometres away. The rapist freed her, apparently worried that
the people they had met could detect that something was amiss and
Mwanahamisi reported the matter to village authorities, and the
assailant was subsequently arrested and handed over to the
She said she suffered abdominal pains, frequent purging and
eventually gave birth prematurely.
When the accused was asked to say something in mitigation, he
responded by saying that he had nothing to say.
The magistrate sentenced him to five years imprisonment for the
first count of breaking into a house, 50 years imprisonment and
24 strokes of the cane for the second count of rape.
Mteite also sentenced the accused to one year imprisonment for
the third count of eloping with somebody else's wife and 15
years imprisonment for the fourth count of robbery.