A 70-year old man has been slapped with a 10 years jail sentence for defiling and impregnating his 14-year old granddaughter.
According to evidence presented during the hearing of the case at Balaka Magistrate Court the granddaughter has been living with her grandparents since the age of ten. However, it was not clear whether the girl’s parents are still alive or not.
Balaka Police Station publicist, Edith Kachotsa, said in an interview that 70-year old grandpa Phillipo Ngozo defiled the girl while her grandmother was away.
“In May this year, the grandmother went to her home village leaving the girl with her grandfather. On the same night that the she left, the convict sneaked to the victim’s bedroom and defiled her,” said Kachotsa.
It was discovered later in August that the girl is pregnant when she started showing strange signs associated with pregnancy.
“After the girl was quizzed as to who was responsible for the pregnancy, she revealed that it was her grandfather,” said the Balaka Police spokesperson.
During trial, Ngozo pleaded guilty as charged but pleaded for leniency begging the court to bear in mind that he was the bread winner of his family and further has to take care of the new pregnancy and the mother.
However, police prosecutor Sergeant Christopher Nyirongo asked the court for a stiff punishment saying such cases are becoming common in Balaka.
First Grade Magistrate Fellix Mandane concurred with the prosecutor and observed further that the pregnancy has put the life of the victim at risk bearing in mind her tender age of 14 and therefore the court has to set an example and he sentenced the old man to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour without an option of a fine.
Ngozo hails from Mpezeni Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsamala in Balaka.