Mwanza, September 7, Mana: Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate Court sitting in Mwanza has convicted and sentenced Weston Jussa, 51, to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling his 12-year-old stepdaughter.
Jussa, who was working as a court clerk at Mwanza Magistrate Court, committed the offence in November, 2020.
The court heard that the accused is married to a woman who has some children who were living with him in his house and one of them was a girl aged 12.
It was learnt in court that instead of Jussa conducting himself as a responsible head of the household, he began defiling the stepdaughter.
Jussa was arrested after the victim reported the incident to some neighbours who tipped the police. Jussa pleaded not guilty and denied the charge of defilement in court.
This forced the state to summon five witnesses who testified against the accused and proved him guilty after looking at the evidence presented before the court.
In his submission, state prosecutor Inspector Richard Kandeya, asked the court to give Jussa a stiffer punishment to deter other would-be offenders.
In mitigation, Jussa asked for the court’s leniency on grounds that he had a family which depends on him for support.
But Senior Resident Magistrate Elijah Dazilikwiza Daniels concurred with Kandeya, saying the offender deserved a stiffer punishment which would both serve as a lesson and a deterrent to others with similar intentions.
Daniels, therefore, handed Jussa who comes from Kalupsya Village in Traditional Authority Mbenje in Nsanje a 15-year jail term.