Gulewamkulu jailed 13 years for raping 74-year-old in Malawi

 The Kasungu Magistrate Court has convicted 21-year-old, Gift Chirwa, to 13 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for raping a 74-year-old granny.

Kasungu Police Deputy Spokesperson, Constable Burton Mathewe, told Nyasa Times the convict raped the grandma twice on the night of 06 November last year.

The victim, Grace Chirwa, hails from Mtchalowa Village in the area of Sub T/A Chisikwa in the district.

Mathewe said on the said night the old woman was comfortably sitting in her house awaiting to go to bed at around 20:30hrs when she heard a knock on the door.

Upon asking who the visitor was, a man’s voice shouted claiming to be a gule wamkulu dancer (nyau) and demanded money.

“The victim opened the door half-way and produced a K20 note but the convict refused saying it was too little. She then added another K100. But instead of receiving the money, the convict force-opened the door and forced the old woman to sleep with him,” he explained.

Mathewe said the man, clad in gule wamkulu attire, raped the 74-year-old after he threatened to kill her if she refused.

“An hour later, he came back again and carnally known the old woman for the second time,” said Mathewe.

Upon appearing in court, the accused pleaded not guilty to the offence but after witnesses were paraded the court found him guilty.

Passing judgment, First Grade Magistrate Hens Kamtchere pitied the development describing the young man’s deeds as inhumane.

He then slapped him with 13 Years IHL “for others to get a lesson.”

The convict hails from Kathumba Village, T/A Chizikwa in the same district.

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