A 23-year-old man Yona Kamowa is to spend nine years in incarceration for defiling and impregnating a 14-year-old girl, Blantyre Magistrates Court has ruled.
Kamowa was on Thursday found guilty by Senior Resident Magistrate, Edina Bodole despite pleading not guilty to the charge of Defilement contrary to Section 138(1) of the Penal Code.
According to facts presented in court by State Prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Victor Nachuma, Kamowa, a resident of Chilobwe Township in Blantyre, had been defiling a form-one student (name withheld) since 2014.
He was arrested in December, 2015 when the issue was eventually reported to law-enforcers.
Kamowa, who was represented by lawyer Joseph Kankwasi of Joe and Max Chambers, denied the charge but was found guilty after a full trial.
In his mitigation, he pleaded for suspended sentence on the ground that it was his first time to break the law.
However, Sub-Inspector Nachuma called for a stiffer sentence as there was premeditation on the part of the convict, and that there is high prevalence of defilement offences in the country.
“The victim shall live with the guilt and shame caused by the convict; and the victim is not mature to withstand the complications associated with pregnancy. The hunger of education she had will soon die out
because her focus shall be on the unborn baby she is carrying and she risked contacting STIs,” argued Sub-Inspector Nachuma.
Senior Resident Magistrate, Bodole concurred with the State by imposing a nine-year jail term on Kamowa.
Kamowa hailed from Kaodza village, T/A Kwataine in Ntcheu district.