Rape case facing medical doctor pushed back

THE criminal case against the former medical doctor of the Amana Regional Referral Hospital, Joseph Mwaipola (50), who is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, has been pushed back due to the prosecutor’s excuse.

The case has been adjourned until April 20 this year, when it will return for a hearing, and the accused is still out on bail.

State Attorney, Monica Ndakidemi has stated this at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court before the Principal Resident Magistrate, Yusto Ruboroga, when the case was mentioned to proceed with the hearing.

Ndakidemi stated before the court that the prosecutor of the case, Silvia Mitanto, was absent, so she asked the court to set another date for the hearing.

According to the prosecution, it is alleged that in the first charge, Mwaipola, who resides at Mtoni Kijichi in Dar es Salaam, is accused that on unknown dates in February last year, while in the area of Amana Referral Hospital in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam, he raped a 17-year-old girl whose name has been withheld.

In the second indictment, it is alleged that on May 31, last year, the accused, while in the Panzuri guest house located in Temeke in Kinondoni District, Dar es Salaam, raped the girl again.

It is alleged that, between February 2022 and March 2023, the accused, while in the area of Amana Hospital in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam, sexually assaulted the same girl.

Meanwhile, the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a citizen of Burundi, Gilbert Misigaro, to six months in prison or to pay a 500,000/- fine for living in the country without a permit.

The sentence was pronounced at the court on Tuesday by the Principal Resident Magistrate, Pamela Mazengo, after the accused confessed to the charges.

“Since the defendant has confessed to the charges, the court has convicted him and sentenced him to six months in prison or to pay a fine of 500,000/-,” said judge Mazengo. The accused was sent to prison after he failed to pay the fine.

Before the punishment was given, the defendant asked the court to reduce the punishment because it was the first time he had committed the offense.

On his part, the State Attorney from the Immigration Department, Hadija Masoud, asked the court to give a severe punishment to serve as lesson to others.

In the case, it was alleged that the defendant committed the offense on March 8, 2023, at the Immigration Office, Headquarters, Kurasini, Dar es Salaam.

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