A Malawian court in Mangochi district has sentenced a 62 year old man to 8 years’ imprisonment with hard labour after the court found him guilty of raping his two step daughters.
Mangochi police station prosecutor Efford Kamphonje, told Mangochi first grade magistrate court that the convict, Jawadu Lajabu committed the offence between the months of February and April this year at Malunga village.
Kamphonje said Lajabu had been defiling his six year old and eight year old step daughters for a period of time and he says this had been happening as his wife was away doing some other activities in a garden which they owned outside the village.
The matter was revealed when the grandmother of the two girls noticed that the girls were having difficulties when walking. This prompted her to advise the mother of the girls to seek medication at Mangochi hospital.
At the hospital, it was learnt that the two girls had wounds in their private parts after being defiled and this was later reported to police who quickly nabbed the suspect.
In passing his sentence, the Mangochi first grade magistrate Ronald M’bwana said it is a worrisome development to notice that a person who was supposed to protect the girls was in the forefront in sexually abusing them.
Lajabu hails from Mkali village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in the district.