Lingadzi Police station publicist Salomy Zgambo

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Lilongwe magistrate court on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, convicted and sentenced a 59 year old Harrison Dickson Nkhoma to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 12 year old girl contrary to section 138(1) of the penal code.

The court heard through police prosecutor Sautso Kamoto that the accused person happens to be a pastor of a certain church in Kauma and the victim was worshiping there.

Lingadzi Police station publicist Salomy Zgambo told The Maravi Post that on October 24 2020, the victim together with her siblings went to the accused person’s house to ask for help since they stayed for three days without food.

“Kamoto further told the court that after eating at around 20:00 hours, the accused person told the victim together with her siblings to spend a night there since it was late for the kids to go back home.

“When they were all asleep, the accused person wake up the victim and too her to his room where he defiled her. He then threatened the victim not to narrate the odeal to anyone or else she will die,” says Zgambo

Zgambo added, “Kamoto pleaded with the court for custodial sentence saying that that as a pastor, he is supposed to protect children and not to abuse them.

“He further told court that the victim trusted him that’s why he asked him for help but the accused person took advantage of her helplessness and took her innocence away, hence deserves a stiffer punishment to deter the would be offenders”.

Pastor Nkhoma was therefore convicted and sentenced on his own plea of guilty.

“I’m mitigation, Nkhoma pleaded for leniency because as a pastor, giving him custodial sentence will tarnish his image and that of the church. He said that many will suffer since he is taking care of many orphans as well as the church hence asked the court to tamper justice with mercy.

“Passing judgement, her worship Shyreen Chirwa concurred with the state that as a leader, the accused person was supposed to protect children and not abuse them. She further said that cases of defilement and rape are rising in the country such that she will not entertain anyone who does such malpractice, hence slapped him to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour,” says publicist Zgambo

The convict Harrison Nkhoma, 59 year, hails from Kapyepye village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Malemia in Zomba.

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