Ntcheu Courts Slap Man With 15 Years for Defilement
A magistrate court in Ntcheu has ordered a man sent to jail for 15 years for defiling a stepped daughter aged 12.
George James, 42, pleaded not guilty to the offence before Ntcheu Senior Resident Magistrate Yohane Munthali who convicted him.
Ntcheu police spokesperson, Hastings Chigalu, says James did what he did on 3rd August, 2020 at Zidana Village, Inkosi Kwataine in the district.
“The state paraded witnesses to secure the conviction,” said Chigalu.
In mitigation, James pleaded with court for leniency saying he was a first offender.
However, state through police prosecutor, Brazio Kambalame asked court for a stiffer punishment arguing that prevalence of defilement was high in the district.
Senior Resident Magistrate Munthali said he thought a 15-year-old jail term was adequate to send a warning shot to would-be offenders.
George James, hails from Chepa village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu.
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In default, the man would have to serve a three-year jail term.
Geoffrey Zamajaya was working as a volunteer at Kasinje Health Centre when the crime was committed.
“Police found him with 70 bottles of ARV tablets, 11 viral load HIV testing kits, 40 pieces of medical apron and one medical tape, all property of Malawi Government,” said Ntcheu police station spokesperson, Hastings Chigalu.
Zamajawa pleaded guilty to the charges.
In mitigation, Zamajaya pleaded with the court for leniency saying he was asthmatic, married with six children and he looked after three orphans.
But police prosecutor, Samie Liwonde, prayed for stiffer punishment citing the fact that the crime was committed at a time government hospitals lacked essential drugs.
Senior Resident Magistrate Yohane Munthali agreed with state saying the offence was serious and ordinarily attracts a maximum fine of 20 million Malawi Kwacha and 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.
Zamajaya hails from Kasinje village, Trading Authority Ganya in Ntcheu district.
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