The Mzuzu Chief Resident Magistrate has convicted a Deputy Head Teacher of Chamalaza Primary School in Nkhata Bay district for defiling a standard eight pupil.
The court heard that the victim aged 14, was among her fellow standard 8 pupils who were on self-boarding at the school.
In December 2014, the convict, 48-year-old Albert Zunda, called the girl to a nearby unoccupied house on the pretext that he wanted to give her marked exam paper, but ended up defiling her.
The victim later developed sores on her private parts and police investigations led to Zunda’s arrest.
Making the judgment, Chief Resident Magistrate Texous Masoamphambe said the prosecution side had managed to prove the convict beyond reasonable doubt as required by the law, adding that he deserves stiffer punishment because of being irresponsible.
In his summing up of the case, Masoamphambe who is well-known for his melting out of stiffer punishments to defilers brushed aside the convict’s assertion that it was his fellow teacher who defiled the girl and not him.
Masoamphambe wondered as to why the convict, having knowledge of the defiler and being responsible deputy head teacher failed to report the matter to the police.
“Failure to report the alleged defiler to the police and failure to bring the alleged defiler as your witness indicates that the allegation you are making against your fellow teacher is just an afterthought aimed at covering up the charge,” he said.
The case saw the State Prosecutor Lyson Kachikondo parading eight witnesses, including a medical practitioner from Mzuzu Central Hospital who authored the medical report on the defilement.
On the contrary, the convict called no witness and during mitigation time he told the court that he had nothing to say mitigation.
The case returns to court on June 8 where the convict is expected to be sentenced and could face up to 14 years in jail according to the penal code.
Zunda hails from Chitungulu Village, in the area of Traditional Authority Katumbi in Rumphi district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :