Malawi court extends teacher’s jail term to 18 years on appeal

A 47 year-old primary school teacher, who appealed against Mzimba First Magistrate’s six-year jail term for defiling one of his pupils, has now been severely punished as the Mzuzu High Court has given him a 18 year-jail term for the offence.

Calling a six-year jail term harsh, the convict, identified as Brian Shaba from Kaliwonga Shaba village, Traditional Authority Mzukuzuku in the district, appealed against it, but little did he know that the High Court would extend the sentence.

Shawa sexually assaulted an 11-year-old standard four pupil at Mzimba LEA Primary School on October 11 2013 after asking her to set fire for him because his wife was away.

He followed her and convinced the pupil to enter his house and forced himself on her.

Shaba is said to have given the victim two notebooks to shut her up and advised her to reveal to anybody.

The Police arrested him October 14 and charged him with the offence of defilement.

He was convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment with hard labour by the Mzimba First Grade.

He, however, took the matter to the High Court on appeal but his sentence was extended to 18 years imprisonment by High Court judge Redson Kapinda who heard the matter.

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