FORMER Green Buffaloes and Chopolopolo striker Dudley Fichite has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Lusaka High Court for defiling a 10-year-old niece.
Fichite, 36, a staff sergeant in the Zambia Army who was an assistant coach at Division One side Riflemen, was sent to jail by High Court judge Sharon Newa after he was convicted by the Subordinate Court.
Sentencing him, Ms Justice Newa said it was not in dispute that Fichite defiled the girl because she was satisfied by the lower court’s judgment.
She noted that the sentence meted out on the former footballer will also serve as a deterrent to other people with similar inclinations whose conduct had the potential to bring decay in society.
‘‘I am inclined with the lower court’s judgment and I accordingly send you to prison to serve a jail term of 25 years with hard labour,’’ Justice Newa said.
Following his conviction by Lusaka Magistrate Betty Malupenga Fichite was committed to the High Court for sentencing because the lower court has no jurisdiction to sentence a person found guilty of defilement.
Fichite defiled the girl in December 2014 in Kamwala South, Lusaka.
Facts before court were that the girl went for a holiday at Fichite’s residence and whilst there, on a date unknown, the former Zambia national team star defiled her.
The girl did not disclose the incident to her aunt but she was later found to have been infected with HIV and syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease.
When passing judgment, Malupenga said it was true that Fichite sexually abused his niece because of the infection.
She said this was despite the fact that the hymen was intact as it had taken long before she was subjected to medical tests.
Malupenga said the girl could have picked on any other man for accusations but settled for Fichite because he defiled her.
She said the evidence was collaborated between the prosecution witnesses and the girl.