A 49 year old man is in Police custody at Balaka Police Station for allegedly defiling his 9 year old step daughter.
Police say the suspect Davie Francis had been defiling his step daughter since last year December.
Police spokesperson Sub-Inspector Joseph Sauka says the victim told the police that her father had been defiling her since last year just soon after her mother left the place for Chiradzulu to nurse her mother who was in Hospital.
“She said just a day after her mother left, the suspect found her in her room during night time and defiled her. Since then, the suspect had been defiling her until last week when she reported the matter to her aunt that she wanted to leave the place without revealing the reason,” says Sauka.
He says this made her aunt to call for the Community Child Protection worker for the area Elizabeth Trapence to interview the child who revealed that she wanted to leave the place because she was tired of being defiled by her father; and this made her to report the issue to Balaka Police who arrested the suspect.
Medical examinations done at Balaka District Hospital revealed that the child was repeatedly defiled.
Meanwhile, the suspect Davis Francis is still in Police custody and is expected to appear before court soon where he will answer a case of defilement of girls under the age of 16 which is contrary to section 138 of the Penal code.
Davis Francis who has five children and has married twice, comes from Mkweya village, Traditional Authority Chanthunya in the same district of Balaka.