High Court judge deems life sentence too harsh for man who raped 8-year-old

Life sentence too harsh 

High Court Judge David Majanja

High Court Judge David Majanja ruled to reduce the sentence of a man who defiled an eight-year-old girl five years ago.

The man who was jailed for life for defilement got a reprieve after Judge Majanja reduced his sentence to 30 years.

Judge Majanja said he had considered the sentence handed to Richard Chogo and found it too harsh.

He noted that the girl had given compelling evidence which had clearly shown the accused committed the offence.

Tricking minors

Chogo was accused of tricking the girl and her friend who were on their way from the church to go to his house where he would give them fruits and sugar cane.

When the minors got to his home he asked one of them to climb a guava tree to pick some fruits and then lured the other girl to the kitchen and defiled her.

The girl, who had climbed the guava tree, told the court that after she had finished picking fruits, she went to the kitchen and found the accused sexually assaulting her friend.

During the trial, the court was told that the accused threatened the girls with dire consequences if they reported the incident.

However, Chogo denied the offence, telling the court that he had been framed by his neighbours.

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