Malawi teen boy caged 3 years for sexually assaulting infant

The Blantyre Magistrates Court has sentenced to 36 months (three years) imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) Saulosi Samson for sexually assaulting a four year old girl.

Samson, 18 years old and hails from Kalumbi village, T/A Ndamera in Nsanje was arrested on November 29, 2012 and charged with rape of a child under the age of 10 Monday in Manja Township, Blantyre.

During trial, he pleaded not guilty and accused the girl’s mother, Maureen Shaibu, who testified in the case, of cooking the sexual assault story out of jealous.

“I know am innocent and am not the one who sexually assaulted the girl. I think her mother is jealous of me, for what reasons, that I don’t know,” Samson told the court in defence.

However, the medical report and testimonies of three State witnesses, Shaibu, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) doctor Newbery and Police prosecutor explicitly implicated Samson with details indicating that the girl had sustained cuts on her private parts appeared to be the result of a sexual assault.

“On November 29 I left my baby with Samson, who lives at the boys’ quarter of my house and went to a maize mill. Upon coming back, I found my baby crying. When I asked her, she pointed a finger at Samson, saying he forced his member on her private parts. I examined her, and I found some blood,” explained the mother.

She added: “I took up the issue with Police who advised me to take her for medical examination where it was confirmed that she was indeed sexually assaulted”.

The medical report tendered in court and doctor Newbery’s testimony revealed that the girl was oozing blood at the time she was rushed to the hospital and that her private parts had some cuts due to forced canal knowledge.

The case appeared under Senior Residence Magistrate, Innocent Nebi.

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