Dowa Man sentenced to 36 months IHL for sodomy

By  Dyna Mtalimanja Banda

The Mponela First Grade Magistrate Court has sentence 49 year old man Lackson Billiat to 36 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for sodomizing a 14 year old boy who also happens to be epileptic.

According to Mponela  Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Sergeant Macpatson Msadala, the court through state prosecutor Gladys Jentala heard that the victim was playing with his brother in the presence of his mother when he tightly held his young brothers arm in a way that he was hurting him.

When the mother jumped in to stop him, the victim said that he wanted to teach his brother how to have sexual intercourse through the anus just as he did with the suspect. 

“The response prompted the mother to question the victim more about it. The victim explained to his mother that Billiat did this to him in a maize field and that it had happened three times” he said.

The victim was later taken to Mponela Police station from where he was referred to Mponela Rural Hospital for testing and the findings proved that the 14 year old was indeed defiled.

Billiat pleaded not guilty to the charge of sodomy, a charge contrary to section 153 (A) of the penal code. The state prosecutor therefore called in three witnesses to testify and the suspect was convicted.

The state prosecutor asked the court to pass a stiff punishment to the offender to deter other would be offenders and First Grade Magistrate Yohane Nkhata sentenced the convict to 36 months IHL.