Kasungu First Grade Magistrate Court on Tuesday sentenced a 29 year-old man to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for raping his own two daughters aged 7 and 9.
The man (whose name cannot be published to protect the victims) was arrested on 23 November for sexually abusing his daughters for a period of two years.
The issue was revealed after the 7 year-old girl told the family’s neighbours about the abuse. In court, the 29 year-old man pleaded guilty as charged but he asked the court for leniency saying he was a first offender.
However police prosecutor Jennings Mkandawire asked the court to give the convict a stiff punishment. Before passing judgement, Kasungu First Grade Magistrate Damiano Banda concurred with Mkandawire saying the convict did not deserve leniency considering the circumstance he committed the offence and the ages of the victims.
Banda therefore slapped the paedophile with a 12 year jail term.
The rapist comes from Chiswe village in the area of Traditional Authority Chikumbe in Mulanje district.