6 years for raping biological daughter

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The Malawi Magistrate Court in Nkhatabay district has sentenced Joseph Mphande, 60, to six years imprisonment with hard labour for raping his 22-year-old daughter.

State prosecutor Keston Chiona told the court that in March this year the girl asked for money from his father to start business. In reply, the father told his daughter that for her business to prosper, she needed a certain medication.

When she quizzed as to what type of medication was needed, the father told her daughter that they needed to have sex to which the daughter refused but on the nights of 3rd April and 28th May 2017, the father raped the young woman.

This prompted her to report the abuse to the village head who later took the victim to Usisya police unit.

The girl was referred to Usisya health centre where rape was confirmed. A few days later, Mphande was arrested and was charged with rape contrary to section 157 (1) of the penal code.

In Court, Mphande pleaded not guilty to the charge but three witnesses were paraded to prove his guilt and on July 12 he was found guilty.

In mitigation, Mphande said he is an orphan, an excuse that triggered laughter in the courtroom.

Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Anthony Banda decried Mphande’s behaviour saying as a father he was supposed to be providing protection to his daughter not to sexually abuse her.

He later slapped him with a six year jail term taking into consideration his age.

Joseph Mphande comes from Kaulanda village in the area of Traditional Authority M’bwana in Nkhatabay district.

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