DOWA-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Police at Mponela in the central district of Dowa are keeping in custody a 45-year-old herbalist Thom Binson for allegedly raping a woman as prescription to restore her marriage.

According to Mponera police publicist Kondwani Kandiado the victim who got married some nine years ago was sent back from marriage following a fierce disagreement that arose with the husband.

Kandiado said the victim had decided to stay with her sister at Madisi trading centre in Dowa where she was convinced that she seek services of a herbalist to help her restore her marriage.

On 17 January this year, the victim had gone to meet the suspect where she was asked to pay a fee of MK1, 000.00 assuring her of getting assistance.

She was then asked to go to the herbalist house during the night so that they finalise the deal.

At midnight, the victim was taken to the graveyard where she was asked to have sex with him for the herbs to work effectively and she was threatened that she would go mad or die if she refused.

The victim had given in to the herbalist’s demands for sex but after some days she had experienced no change, a thing that prompted her return to him again. She was asked to pay an extra MK2, 000.00.

She was asked to return to him at midnight, a thing she never did and was asked to surrender her cellphone as she had no money.

After noticing again that there was no change of heart from her husband, the victim informed her relatives who later informed the police.

The suspect was then arrested by Madisi police unit officers and upon interview, he admitted to have had sex with the woman at the graveyard.

The herbalist(suspect) Binison hails from Makala village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Mlonyeni in Mchinji and will appear before court soon to answer rape charges.