The Liwonde first grade Magistrate Court in Machinga has sentenced a 28 year old man to 10 years in jail for raping a 14 year old girl.
According to Machinga police spokesperson Davie Sulumba who spoke with Malawi24, the convict Willard Chimwala was a watchman at Mangamba market.
Presenting facts in court, state Prosecutor Cliff Kalawa of Ntaja Police told the court that on 25th August, 2017 the victim who is mentally ill was sent to buy household items at Mangamba market.
“On her way back she met Chimwala who coerced the 14 year old victim and took her to Banana plantations where he forced himself on the girl,” Kalawa told the court.
The state further said the mother Safia Adam was astonished to see her child coming home with her blouse without buttons.
“She asked her as to what had happened and the victim revealed that Chimwala had defiled her,” he said.
The mother reported the matter to Mangamba police unit where she was granted a police medical form to Mangamba health centre for medical treatment and medical examination where it was proved that the mentally girl was raped.
During court proceedings, Chimwala pleaded not guilty and this made prosecutor Kalawa to parade three witnesses.
Later he was found guilty and asked the court to be lenient when passing judgment for he is a breadwinner looking after children and his old mother.
Kalawa then asked the court to impose a stiff punishment to the convict because many children are being raped in the area.
When passing his judgment, first grade magistrate Jones Masula said that the court will never stop giving stiffer punishments to the offenders because in Machinga children are becoming victims to old men and this malpractice contributes to school dropouts.
He then slapped Chimwala with 10 years in jail with hard labour.