A court in Machinga on Wednesday sentenced to 14 years in prison a rapist who raped his one-year-old stepdaughter.
The rapist has been identified as Kabichi Botomu aged 36.
Machinga police publicist Davie Sulumba said Prosecutor Sub Inspector Cliff Kalawa based at Ntaja Police Post told the court that the sexual offender married a mother to the victim in August this year and he found her with three children including twins aged one.
On September 13 this year, the mother woke up early in the morning to draw water from the borehole and she went with one of the twins leaving the other baby with her stepfather.
When she came back, she was surprised to find her daughter crying with blood oozing from her private parts.
When the rapist was asked what had happened to the child, he failed to explain and this made the mother to report the matter to Mangamba police unit.
She later took the child to Mangamba Health Centre for medical examination and treatment where tests showed that the baby had been raped.
In court, the rapist was found guilty after the state paraded three witnesses.
Prosecutor Kalawa asked the court to impose a stiff punishment to the convict.
Liwonde First Grade Magistrate Jones Masula then sentenced the rapist to 14 years in prison.
Botomu hails from Kalonga village, Traditional Authority Chowe in Mangochi District.