Mortuary attendant jailed for sexual assault on schoolgirl

First Grade Magistrate Court at Liwonde in Machinga has convicted and sentenced Machinga District Hospital mortuary attendant, Edmond Nkhoma, 44 to nine years imprisonment for defiling an 11 year old school girl mid March this year.

Police prosecutor, Inspector, Gladys Jentala told the court that Nkhoma employed the 11 year old girl as his house servant.

The prosecutor said Nkhoma defiled the girl after he invited her to his bedroom to fetch his clothes for washing.

The girl revealed the matter to Nkhoma’s neighbour who referred the case to Liwonde police.

Girl sexually abused

Girl sexually abused

The girl underwent a medical test at Machinga District Hospital which proved that she was indeed defiled, according to Inspector Jentala.

Nkhoma was arrested and was charged with defilement contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.

The Liwonde Magistrate court found Nkhoma guilty of the offence though in defence he told the court that he is impotent such that there was no way he could defile the girl.

First Grade Magistrate Jones Masula therefore imposed a lengthy jail term  of nine years imprisonment considering the gravity of the offence and the increase of such cases in the district.

Masula observed that cases of defilement are on the increase in Machinga such that Liwonde Magistrate court heard seven defilement cases in March while a magistrate court at Machinga Boma had 10 defilement cases the same month.

In mitigation, Nkhoma asked the court to be lenient as he has two children in primary school who need his support.

Nkhoma comes from Zulu Village, Traditional Authority Zulu in Mchinji.

Meanwhile, Machinga Police is appealing to defilement victims and the general public to report cases of defilement to police, traditional leaders, child protection committees and community based policing structures.

Machinga Police Public Relations Officer, Constable, Andrew Mayawo said police in the district will continue sensetising people on child rights.

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