Defilement crime on rise in Phalombe – Malawi Police

Police in Phalombe have lamented the increase in number of defilement cases just days after arresting two men for allegedly sexually abusing two girls in two separate incidents.

Phalombe Police Public Relations Officer, August Nkhwazi told Nyasa Times the district has been hit with an upsurge of defilement cases despite courts imposing stiff punishments on perpetrators.

“It’s indeed alarming and the general public needs to assist the authorities in curbing the malpractice,” Nkhwazi said.

One of the victims of defilement
One of the victims of defilement

Nkhwazi meanwhile two men, James Namunyowa 25 and Matson Foster 42 years old are currently in custody for defiling underage girls.

Namunyowa who hails from Yuwa village T/A Nazombe in Phalombe is said to have defiled 8 years old girl on 26th April 2014 while Foster of Nyang’a village T/A Mbenje in Nsanje was arrested on 30th April, 2014 for allegedly defiling a 14 year old girl.

“On 26th April 2014, Modesta Masamba a mother to the 8 years old found her daughter lying on the verandah of her house on her way back home from market. When she asked her to help with some household chores, the girl complained was unable to walk because of pain in her private parts,” explained Nkhwazi.

The girl revealed to her mother that Namunyowa took her into a nearby maize garden where he defiled her. When the mother checked on the girl’s private parts and noted it was swollen.

“A medical report from Nazombe Health Centre confirmed the girl was defiled, and it was members of Community Policing arrested Namunyowa and brought him to Chiringa Police Unit.”

Matson Foster according to Nkhwazi committed the offence on the night of 29th April, 2014.

“It is reported that on this night the girl was on her way to her sleeping place thus after supper. And the suspect grabbed and dragged her to his tobacco shed where he undressed the girl, and forced him on her. She tried to call for help but he choked her mouth that she could not scream.

“When he was done, she managed to run to her parents crying, and narrated the story who later took up the matter with Nambazo Police Unit who referred the victim to Nambazo Health Centre where it was confirmed she was indeed defiled,” he added.

Namunyowa and Foster are expected to be in court soon to answer to charges of defilement contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code respectively.

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