Court convicts man for sexually assaulting two girls

A 22-year old man for charged with sexually assaulting two underage-girls was convicted by Limbe Magistrate Court.

The man Innocent Kanyesi who hails from Mlozi village T/A Kadewere in Chiradzulu was arrested in June 2010 for defiling and indecently assaulting two girls (names withheld) in Naperi, Blantyre.

Kanyesi who pleaded not guilty to the two charges, has been on remand at Chichiri prison since his arrest.

Case Details

Information presented in court on Monday revealed that Kanyesi twice defiled the girls between 14 and 25 June, 2010 after coaxing them with K10 coins.

Kanyesi, who was working as houseboy for one of Naperi residents, is reported to have taken advantage of the girls while they were playing around his master’s house.

He, on two occasions, coaxed the girls into his boss’s house and forced them to undress before forcing himself on them.

On both occasions, Kanyesi gave the girls K10 coins and threatened them with death if they happen to reveal the incidents to anyone.

However, one of the girls’ parents got suspicious after noting that her daughter was having problems with walking. Upon questioned, the girl revealed the incidents that lead to the arrest of Kanyesi.

And medical report from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) exhibited in court confirmed that the girls were indeed defiled and indecently assaulted.

Court Judgment

Despite delays by the court in making its judgment on the case since 2010, on Monday it managed to convene and convicted Kanyesi on defilement charge while acquitting him on the charge of indecent assault.

The presiding magistrate Nelly Ndakwani has since set May 30, 2012 as a day when she will make her sentencing on the case.

Kanyesi is expected to serve jail sentence (imprisonment with hard labour) for the charge of defilement . Police say the offence is contrary to Section 178 of the Penal Code. The offence attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Related case

In a related case, Ntchisi First Grade Magistrate’s Court has sentenced 20-year-old Nelson Namwaza of Nthesa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Kalumo in the district to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling a six-year-old girl.

Ntchisi Police spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha said the incident happened at Nthesa Village on January 17 when the girl was walking in the convict’s garden where he grabbed her and defiled her.

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