By Chrissy Mkumba
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday, January 21, 2022 sentenced lssah Mtenje, 56, to 20 years imprisonment with hard for defiling a 13 year old epileptic girl contravening Section 138 of the Penal Code.
The court heard through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Emmanuel Kambwiri that, the victim on November 9, 2021 went to sell cold plastic water and thobwa at a certain road junction.
In the process, Mtenje took one bottle of thobwa and convinced her to follow him into a nearby uncompleted building to take her money.
Prosecutor Kambwiri added that instead of paying her the money, he was caught red handed defiling the girl and was handed over to Mangochi Police Station by members of the community.
The Police issued her a referral letter and the results from Mangochi District Hospital confirmed the ordeal.
Appearing in court, Mtenje who pleaded not guilty to the charge, changed his statement voluntarily and admitted to have committed the offence after the state paraded only two of four witnesses.
In mitigation, the convict asked for the court’s leniency, citing that he is an orphan and his expectant wife would suffer if sent to prison, but prosecutor Kambwiri said such cases are on the increase, endangering a girl child in the district.
The prosecutor further said the convict took advantage of the victim’s vulnerability and could have thought of his concerns before committing his demonic act, hence prayed for a stiffer penalty.
Passing judgement, Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe concurred with the state and slapped him with 20 years to serve as a lesson to other would be offenders.
Mtenje hails from Itimu Village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Chowe in Mangochi.