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Daily News, Dar es Salaam, 11 July 2008
Student to be caned for rape
By Peti Siyame
A court in Sumbawanga has ordered that a secondary school
student be whipped six times after it found him guilty of raping
and impregnating a 16-year-old girl. Leoratus Sepe (20), a Form
Three student at Kalangasa Secondary school, was convicted by the
Sumbawanga Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday after over
one year of trial.
In mitigation, the accused had prayed for mercy before presiding
magistrate Mr Lyadi Chamshama, saying he was the first offender
and a student as well. The police prosecutor, Inspector Chassa
Magai, however told the court that the accused deserved a stiff
penalty to serve as a deterrence to others since the problem of
raping and impregnating young school girls was on the rise.
The prosecutor called three witnesses to substantiate his case.
Inspector Magai told the court that the accused committed the
crime in December following a three-year intimate relationship
with the young girl, who is now a mother of a one-year-old baby
According to Mr Magai, the young school girl was forced to
terminate her studies in Form One after it was discovered that
she was pregnant. The young girl then told her mother that she
had been impregnated and the issue was later reported to the
police who arrested and charged the boy.
"I sentence you to get six strokes of the cane because you
are a student, otherwise I could have slapped a stiff penalty on
you," concluded the trial magistrate. However the
prosecution was dissatisfied with the punishment and declared
that they would file an appeal in the High Court.
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Daily News, Dar es Salaam, 12 July 2008
Man sentenced 35 years for defiling 7-year boy
By Peti Siyame
The Sumbawanga Magistrate's Court in Rukwa region yesterday
jailed a 25 years old peasant for 35 years with five strokes of
the cane, for defiling a young boy aged seven on March 3, this
Resident Magistrate, Mr Lyadi Chamshama convicted Richard Sichone
alias Sanzo, a peasant and resident of Kasitu village in
Sumbawanga district, after being satisfied by the evidence
produced by four prosecution witnesses. The magistrate said the
testimony of the victim and prosecution witnesses was credible.
The trial Magistrate further told the court that the prosecution
side had sufficiently proved its case beyond reasonable doubts,
that Richard committed the offence on the night of March 3 this
year, in the house of the victim's parents at Sopa village in
Sumbawanga District where the accused, as the guest of the
family, was asked by his host to share a room with the victim,
the young boy.
Prosecuting, Inspector of Police, Mr Magai Chassa earlier told
the court that the accused sodomized the young boy on that
fateful night while sharing the same room with the victim.
Richard was allegedly caught red-handed by the parents of the
victim who rushed to the room after they heard the cries for help
from the boy.
When they forced their entry into the room they found the man in
the act of sodomising the boy who was crying in pain. When the
victim's father examined the son, he found the victim's anus
severely ruptured. Prosecutor Magai further claimed before the
court that the accused was on that fateful night handed over to
the village leadership who detained him until the next day when
they handed him to the police.
The young boy was immediately taken for medical examination and
treatment at the regional hospital, the prosecutor told the
court. Richard who had denied the charge, did not pray for mercy
but requested the court to set him free and reiterated his plea
of "not guilty".
However, the Public Prosecutor requested the court to give the
accused a deterrent sentence, as a warning against any potential
offenders of a similar offence. The accused had committed a
serious offence that violated the rights of the child, said the
prosecutor, stressing that there was also a risk of the boy
contracting HIV from the sexual assault. It was, however, not
clear if the convict would appeal against the sentence.
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The Citizen, Dar es Salaam, 19 July 2008
Court Orders Girl to Be Canned [sic] Six Strokes
By Joas Kaijage
The Bukoba district court has ordered a school girl, 14, to get
six strokes of the cane after pleading guilty of stealing
Sh850,000 from her mother. The accused, Judith Anatory, is a
student at Hamgembe secondary school in Bukoba.
She pleaded guilty when she was arraigned for the first time
with her friend, Lisa Hussein, last Tuesday. Before her
conviction, the public prosecutor assistant inspector of police
Athuman Said alleged that Judith stole the money on July 11. On
the material day she reportedly asked Lisa to help her in
cleaning the house. In the course of doing so they came across
the huge amount of money and planned to take it away. The girls
booked themselves into a hotel and planned to flee to Dar es
Salaam, but their plot was foiled and they were nabbed inside a
However, they had already used part of the money to buy two
cellular phones and other pricey things including clothes which
were found on them. They had a balance of Sh249,400 at the time
of their arrest, the court was told.
Judith was convicted after pleading guilty but her friend,
Lisa, denied the charge. She was released on bail until August 13
when the case will be mentioned.
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