A 32-year-old man identified as Yusufu Kalumbi is in police custody at Nkhotakota Police Station for allegedly defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old step daughter.
According to Nkhotakota Police Public Relations Officer Kaitano Lubrino, the suspect, who is a father of six children, adopted the girl when she was eight months old after he married the girl’s mother in 1998.
“The victim (name withheld) who is a Standard 7 learner at Chipwatu F.P. School in the district has disclosed to the police that she has been having sex with her step father from July to December last year (2012).
“She also told the police that the suspect has been taking advantage of her mother’s absence and has been intimidating her that she would face tough measures if she dares disclosing the matter,” he said.
Lubrino said the whole issue was exposed on December 31, 2012 after the victim’s mother and other elderly people within their village suspected that the girl was pregnant.
“It was during interrogating her that they discovered that the suspect was responsible for the pregnancy.
“The development prompted them to report the matter to Nkhotakota Police Station where they were referred to Nkhotakota District Hospital for medical examinations. There, it is where she was discovered to be eight weeks pregnant,” Lubrino said.
The police publicist said police arrested the suspect the same day after he openly admitted to be responsible for the pregnancy saying he was sleeping with the girl because he was being denied his conjugal rights by his wife.
The suspect hails from Chule Village in the area of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota district.