Police in Mangochi district are keeping in custody 21 year-old Joseph Elia for raping a 14 year-old girl and impregnating her.
According to Mangochi Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Amina Tepani Daudi, the suspect had been sexually abusing the young girl for three months.
The abuse was revealed on Wednesday when the girl was found at the suspect’s house after running away from her father’s house.
After being questioned, the victim revealed that Elia has been sexually abusing her since June this year and he threatened her not to tell anyone about the issue.
She further said that she was pregnant and that is why she was staying with the victim.
Upon hearing the story, the father reported the matter to Chilipa Police Unit in the district and the law enforcers arrested the suspect.
A medical examination at Chilipa Health Centre confirmed that the young girl was indeed 8 weeks pregnant.
The suspect will soon appear in court to answer the charge of defilement which is contrary to section 138(1) of the penal code.
Joseph Elia hails from Nesi Village, Traditional Authority Chilipa in Mangochi district.