18 Jul 2016 14:34pm
KATIMA MULILO, 18 JUL (NAMPA) A Zambian illegal immigrant has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for raping a minor in 2013.
The 33-year-old Nyambe Evans Manyando from Kasalaza village in Zambia was sentenced by Katima Mulilo Regional Court magistrate Bongani Ndlovu last week.
He was also slapped with a five-month sentence for illegally entering Namibia at a non-entry point.
According to court documents, Manyando sexually violated a five-year-old girl at Tom village, situated in the Schukmansburg area, on 12 November 2013. He lived in the area as he was employed by the victims parents as a fisherman there.
In his plea statement, Manyando admitted that he had smoked cannabis and consumed alcohol on the day he violated his victim.
He said he decided to take a nap in the hut where the victim slept and then decided to have sexual intercourse with her.
At all material times I knew that having sex with the child was unlawful because she was very young and also that I was committing a criminal offence for which I would be punished, reads his plea statement.
In his sentencing on 12 July, Ndlovu said Manyandos guilty plea did not exhibit remorsefulness, saying the minor will struggle to live with the trauma she suffered.
Although, according to Ndlovu, Manyando apologised and begged for forgiveness from the victims family, he had overlooked his moral duty to protect the victim and instead chose to violate her.
Outside our mothers wombs, the only place of safety we have is our homes. Where should children go if they are sexually molested in the sanctuary of their homes? The complainant was a toddler, Ndlovu said.
Manyando was represented by Legal Aid appointed lawyer, Hope Ngara while Jatiel Mudamburi represented the State.