Malawi court sentences Pakistan  to 16 years in jail for sex assualt

The Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate Court  has sent s Pakistan n ational Zeeshan Jaral Raja to 16 years in jail for  sexual assualt on  a 15 year old girl.

Zeeshan to spend 16 years in prison

The victim coming out from the deep freezer she was hidden

State Prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Josophine Chigawa told the court that Jaral Raja a businessman trading as Asante Cash and Carry at Liwonde Township had been  sexually abusing  the victim between 13th and 19th August 2016.

The victim cannot be named for legal reasons.

It all started when the victim approached the offender offering to sell him her camera to raise more money to enable her travel to Zomba to visit her grandparents but she ended up being convinced to work as a house-maid and in return been given money.

The deal materialized and  later Jaral Raja started to defile the girl who could not force herself out since she was always locked inside the house.

The matter however came to limelight when the girl was spotted inside the house of the Pakistan which was semi-detached to his shop.

The mother approached and sked the convict but he denied and then she later went on to inform the police.

The law enforcers stormed the house and launched a search only to find the girl being hidden inside a deep freezer which was not connected to electricity but only had bottle of frozy drinks ontop.

He was immediately arrested while the victim was taken to Machinga District Hospital where it was confirmed that she was indeed defiled.

In court, the convict was charged with two counts of defilement which is contrary to Section 138 (1) of the Penal Code and Child Trafficking contrary to Section 79 (1) of the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act.

The convict pleaded not guilty prompting the police to seek permission to parade seven witnesses in court including investigator of the case Detective Sergeant Golden Wandale and the victim.

The evidence rendered proved beyond no reasonable doubt that the convict was indeed guilty and was convicted on both counts.

Police Prosecutor Chigawa asked the court to hand the convict a stiffer punishment because alot of girls are being tortured and need protection from the court through meaningful sentences.

In mitigaion, the convict through his lawyer said he was young and industrious hence the need to reform and re-integrate into society.

He also asked the court to consider and look into the girl’s history of escaping from her parents home.

In passing her judgement, Chief Resident Magistrate Agness Patemba said  in such cases, sentencing is guided by personal circumstances of the offender, circumstances of the victim, severity of the crime, interest of the society as well as prevailing sentencing trends.

The Magistrate therefore slapped  Jaral Raja to 16 years imprisonment for defilement and nine years for child trafficking that will run concurrently.

She said by the time he will be released from prison, he will be a changed, matured and productive citizen.

The convict is aged 33 and hails from Pakistan.

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eric mateyu
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idoubt if this convict will still b inprison by the end of next 5moths frm today.

Mugonapamhanya
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Go to prison next month you will not find him. Malawi is too corrupt to keep an Asian in prison for 16 years.

fatima
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koma i think the girl tried to seduce the pakistanian

fatima
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koma i think the girl tried to seduce the pakistanian

Heinrich Dzinyemba
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Once he has served the sentence, the authorities should deport him to his home country. Malawians do not need such type of
Asians. Idi Amin had good reasons when he deported them from Uganda. But they are lucky, Museveni called them back and
according to a programme aired on BBC, they have changed their behaviour such that they rarely mistreat local Ugandans and
they mix with local Ugandans very easily. PATEMBA, that was a good judgment.

Culture Club Salima
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very shameful ruling. anawa amatiputa dala ife makolo. palibe m’landu apa! i just feel sorry for the boy since it’s so many of us, honorable members doing these acts.

Harawara
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This is good news. I expect girl rights groups to commend the judge for the bond judgement . For a long time foreigners had abused locals as house workers and labourers. This message should go down the foreigners community that Malawi has laws against abuses. Let the Pakistan Taliban lot at Zomba Central Prison. And may Malawian inmates there “welcome” him. The Taliban deserved for more years of hard labour because for a foreigner to abuse a citizen of “Rome” is indeed a serious crime. Judge welcome done.

Zinenani Zoona
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Good sentence. Finally. The judgements for these cases should include xx years IHL and a monetary penalty to help the victim.

Major Pen
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Asante anaonjedza Kudya tiana koma exchange ndi ma sweet, Komanso too corruption big up Wandale, Asante corrupt Liwonde council kumanga Shop Malo osakhala bwino, Kumachiganso ma shop a council yet council I kufuna revenue koma dyera. Mpaka kuyika Toilet m’kati mwansika. Asanti ukafike bolanso akanakupasa life imprison. My advice government should flash out tima foreigner tikumasegura ma superate please investors should be only manufacturing. Give Youth Loans and flash out all foreigners without properly papers,

The Analyst
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O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O “Do not wait for the last judgement. It comes every day.” – Albert Camus. . . . You see, if we deliberately ignore the fact that life is guided by rules; we shall find the art of living very hard and/or almost impossible. Nanga inu . . . . . . Is what this guy did (harvesting pleasures he cant even recall), worth the price he’s been made to pay? . . . Is it not paradoxical that while knowing the severity of consequences on their action, most men go on with their predatory intentions and acts? . .… Read more »
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