NKHATABAY-(MaraviPost) – The Malawi court in the lakeshore district of Nkhata Bay has convicted a 25 year old MV Illala ship cabin crew member to 14 years imprisonement for being found guilty of defiling a 12-year-old girl.

Nkhata Bay Police Station spokesperson Ignatius Esau has identified the convict as Winiko Pumula who committed the crime on January 2, this year while on duty on the Chirumba-Tchalo route.

Winko Pumula: convicted

Esau said the court heard that on this fateful day the victim boarded the ship at Chirumba in Karonga district under the care of Chemist Masoja, another crew staff.

The police publicist Esau said that on the way, Masoja offered the  girl a bed to sleep in the staff’s cabin and left the situation Pumula took advantage of the co-worker’s absence then defiled the victim.

“During the hearing, Pumula pleaded guilty to the charge which is contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code. Although the convict asked for lenient sentence saying he looks after his elderly parents, two wives and five children, Magistrate Anthony Banda showed no mercy.

“Banda observed that Pumula failed the responsibility of taking of care the girl who instead turned into a monster and abused her sexually. The Magistrate added that the victim suffered psychological trauma from the experience which would torment her for the rest of her
life”, said Esau.

Pumula hails from Kasankha Village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Namkumba in Mangochi district.

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