Mchinji district magistrate court has sentenced Mr. Spirianal Jere to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for raping 81 year old woman contrary to section 133 of penal code.
The court learnt that on December 24, 2015 around 11pm, the convict was found in the house of Mrs. Steria Fulomesiyo Nyoni who was sleeping with her grandchild in the other room.
He closed her mouth and nose for her not to shout for help and threatened her that he would kill her if she shouted.
“I was peacefully sleeping in my house during that night when I just found a man in my room trying to undress me, later, he closed my mouth and my nose then he started to rape me. I couldn’t stand his pressure, I tried to shout but there was rain and one of my neighbors managed to hear me scream and called others who caught him right in the house,” Nyoni narrated.
Jere, 25, was arrested on December 24, 2015 and given a bail to come on January 16, 2016 but he run away and he was rearrested on May 19, 2016 in Molosiyo Village.
Prosecutor sergeant Gerald Ngoma said this was one of the serious cases in Mchinji and Malawi as a whole, the woman is very old and from the time this incident happened she is still not feeling alright.
This is lack of respect for the elderly as such Jere is supposed to get a stiff punishment for other people to get a lesson.
Spirianal Jere hails from Mlonyeni village Traditional Authority Mlonyeni in the district.