There is a growing concern over the future of young girls living in the Eastern Region District of Balaka following high increasing rate of registered defilement cases.
Nyasa Times understands that almost every week, police have been registering cases related to defilement.
The recent one is the arrest and conviction of a 72 year old man who reportedly defiled his eight year old grand daughter (name withheld).
During a court apearance, the court head that Basikolo Banda defiled the young girl on 12th November 2016 after she visited him upon returning from school since she did not find her mother at home.
Upon arriving at her grand fathers house, the grandfather asked her to go in the house to get some mangoes befor he followed her in the house.
He later drugged her to bedroom and started defiling her.
After returning from where she went, mother to the victim who became suspicious with the delay of her daughter to return home, she decided to follow her at her grandfathers house where she usually visits and
upon reaching the accused home, she heard the girl crying inside the house.
She went in and found Banda pants down having sex with the girl.
The girl e went on to report the matter village counsellors before proceeding to report at the police.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Christopher Nyirongo told the court that the accused admitted to police in his caution statement upon interrogations at Balaka Police Station that he indeed committed the offense.
He also pleaded guilty in the court.
At this juncture, First Grade Magistrate Felix Mandala sentenced Basikolo to 60 months [5 years] Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) considering his old age.
The convict is married with nine children and several grand children.
He hails from Mbatamira Village in the Area of Tradtional Authority Nsamala in Balaka District.
Meanwhile, Police in Balaka have expressed concern with the alarming rate of defilement cases in the district.
Without giving statistics, Balaka Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Edith Kachotsa confirmed the development and vowed to bring to book all the culprits.
She therefore advised young girls not to allow young and old men corrupt their minds with money or anything to avoid similar incidents.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :