HIV positive man jailed 30 months for defiling a girl

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A self-confessed HIV-positive Zambian man, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for forcing a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him.
A Lusaka Magistrate's court ruled Monday that Tresfer Miti must serve with hard-labour for luring the girl into a room at her parents' home and forcing her into sex through her anus on 21 December, 2000.
The private "Post" newspaper reported Tuesday that a medical report produced in court by the prosecution stated that there were signs that Miti had ejaculated into the girl's rectum.
Miti, who had earlier pleaded not guilty, said: "I confess before the court and God that whatever happened, I was wrong and I appeal for leniency from the court because it was the first time I (would involved) in such a scandal.
" He said he had eight children.
Magistrate Hanson Hampande said, "it is the duty of the courts to protect the young and the weak, hence the need for a deterrent sentence.

22 may 2001 09:58:00

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