7-hours sex assualt earns two Malawi teen boys 6 years jail term

Two Malawian teenage boys have been jailed for six years for abducting and defiling a 12-year-old girl in Blantyre.

The youngsters are Chrispine Mwalabu, aged 18, and his 19-year-old accomplice, Francisco Gwedula, both from Baluti village, T/A Somba in Blantyre.

The two pleaded guilty to the offence when they appeared at Blantyre Magistrates Court but the third accused, Nickson Nyondo, 18, also from the same area got acquitted despite pleading guilty too.

First Grade Magistrate Diana Mangwana convicted and sentenced Mwalabu and Gwedula for defilement contrary to Section 138(1) of the Penal Code.justice

In testimony, Mwalabu and Gwedula alleged that they had agreed with the victim to have sex in the former’s bedroom at a K500 fee, which they claimed was paid after the sex episode.

According to court documents, the victim is a standard 7 pupil in the area and was defiled besides being physically assaulted.

The court heard that during the night of September 07, 2012, the victim’s neighbour organised traditional dances at their house in readiness for a wedding the following day.

“Without her parents’ knowledge, the victim went to attend the traditional dances with her friends. As they were dancing, the second accused [Mwalabu] with the assistance of his accomplices dragged the victim to a nearby hill bush whilst covering her mouth with a raincoat,” Blantyre Police prosecutor, Constable Martin Thulu, told the court.

As they were dragging the girl, Mwalabu is said to have whipped the victim with a stick and threatened to hit her with a broken bottle.

Up the hill, the boys tied the victims’ arms and started defiling her one after another from around 21:00hours to 0400hours.

According to Constable Thulu, Mwalabu was the first to defile the girl, seconded by Gwedula while Nyondo did last.

It was noted that after satisfying their sexual desires, the trio left the victim alone in the bush and went back to dance.

At around 04:00hrs, the victim managed to get herself up and went home while crying in pain as blood oozed from her private parts.

Medical examination by Dr. Neil Kennedy, a Pediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital One Stop Center, confirmed the victim was indeed sexually assaulted.

The court also heard that relatives of the accused persons ganged up and intimidated the victim after police arrested them.

In court, Gwedula admitted having sex with the girl alongside Mwalabu and paid her K500.

Gwedula claimed that the girl had been sleeping at his house and that was not the first time for him to have sex with her.

But in his testimony, Nyondo, told the court that they had agreed to have sex with the girl at Mwalabu’s house but he chickened out after realising that it was improper for three men to have sex with one girl one after another.

And after a cross examination, the court was compelled to acquit the third accused, Nyongo.

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