MANGOCHI-(MaraviPost)-The Mangochi first grade magistrate court, on Friday convicted and sentenced a 56-year old man to eight years imprisonment with hard labour for the offence of defilement, which is contrary to section 138(1) of penal code.
Mangochi Police Station deputy spokesperson Amina Tepani Daudi, identified the convict as Wisiki Maxwell who had been committing the crime since February this year.
According to the police publicist, the court heard tha the victim (a 14-year old girl), is Maxwell’s wife niece, and has been staying at their home for a long time.
The court further learned that in February the convict asked the niece to accompany him to the bush where he burns charcoal. While at the bush, Maxwell commanded the victim to undress and lie down of which she obeyed then he forced himself on her. The court further heard that Maxwell then gave the niece K1,000.00 and he advised her not to reveal what they had done to anyone.
Maxwell continued to abuse the niece, to the extent that she stopped going to school. He said her parents became suspicious and when they questioned her, she revealed that she had been feeling tired especially in the morning due to frequency of what she was doing with the accused person.
Upon hearing this, her parents reported the matter to Monkey-Bay Police Post, who arrested him and issued a medical report and the results from Monkey-Bay Health Centre confirmed about the defilement.
“Although Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charge, the state through prosecutor Mc Anthony Phiri, paraded five witnesses against him, until he was convicted.
In mitigation to his sentence, Maxwell told court to be liniment and to consider his old age . However, the prosecutor pleaded for a stiffer punishment.
When passing judgement his worship first grade magistrate Ronald M’bwana, found him guilty to the charge, and he expressed concern over the accused person’s conduct adding that, the accused person went ahead and molested the child although the government and other stakeholders are advocating the protection of girls from various forms of abuse, including sexual abuse and exploitation.
“The judge then slapped Maxwell to eight years imprisonment with hard labour,” said Daudi.
The convict Maxwell hails from Kantenga village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Nankumba in Mangochi district.