Malawian father jailed 12 years for impregnating step-daughter

A lustful Malawian father last Friday started serving a 12-year jail term after a court found him guilty of defiling and subsequently impregnating his 14-year-old step daughter.

The convict, 32-year-old Yusufu Kalumbi, was first arrested on December 31, 2012 following an allegation that he had been sexually assaulting  the girl (name shielded) whom she eventually ballooned.

And when he appeared before the Nkhotakota First Grade Magistrate Court last Friday, he owned up the defilement charge and further admitted responsibility of his not-biological daughter’s pregnancy.

In court, Kalumbi further disclosed before Magistrate Fred Juma Chilowetsa that his lust for sex fell on the little girl who looked up to him as a father because his wife was denying him his conjugal rights.

According to Nkhotakota Police Spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino, Kalumbi adopted the girl in 1998 when she was only eight months old and has raised her until the time he turned her into his second “wife.”

The man is reported to have been sleeping with the victim, a Standard 7 pupil at Chipwatu F.P. School in the district, from July to December last year (2012).

Passing judgment, Magistrate Chilowetsa expressed concern over the convict’s conduct and despite his plea for a lenient sentence as he was the bread winner in the family, which included the victim, the magistrate still slapped him with 12 years imprisonment with hard labour to serve “as a lesson to would-be offenders.”

The man was convicted under section 138 of the Penal Code for defilement of girls under the age of 16.

But the police publicist said the shameless man still appeared happy expecting a child from his step daughter when he already had six other children he fathered with the girl’s mother whom he married in 1998.

“Kalumbi had been taking advantage of his wife’s absence at home and intimidated the tormented girl that she would face tough measures if she disclosed the matter to any one,” he said.

But according to Lubrino, the whole saga was exposed after the victim’s mother and other people within their village became suspicious with the girl’s condition.

“It was during interrogation that they discovered that Kalumbi was responsible for her pregnancy,” Lubrino explained.

And a medical report from Nkhotakota District Hospital tendered in court by State Prosecutor, Sergeant James Muyira, revealed that the girl was eight weeks pregnant.

Kalumbi hails from Chule Village in area of T/A Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota district.

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