The Ntchisi magistrate court on Monday sentenced a 42 year old Malawian herbalist to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor for raping a 35 year old lady who had gone to consult him for traditional medication.
Confirming the development, Ntchisi Police Relations officer, Sergeant Gladson M’bupha identified the convict as Willard Jabesi from Traditional Authority Chioko in Ntchisi district.
M’bupha said the woman consulted the herbalist at his residence on October 26 to give her some herbs to enable her bear a child. He said the traditional healer told the victim to get seated.
He said when the woman got seated the herbalist brought some three bottles of herbs close to where the lady was sitting and commanded the lady to undress herself. She was later told to hold the herbalist with all her power.
After all was done in favour of the healer, the woman was later threatened to keep her mouth shut saying if she will tell the matter to anybody, she will be bewitched.
After two days, the woman reported the matter to her husband who advised her to report it to Police who later Jabesi.
Upon being interrogated in court, Jabesi admitted to have raped the woman. When passing her judgement, magistrate Dorothy Kalua of Ntchisi magistrate court, said the 10 years in jail should serve as a lesson to all people with the same bad tendencies.
Rape cases continue to rock the country despite stiff punishments being meted on perpetrators of rape.