Pastor jailed 14-years for sexual assault on girl, 12

Lilongwe Magistrate Court has  convicted and  sentenced a Christian pastor Harrison Dickson Nkhoma, 59, to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling a 12- year-old girl.

 Pastor jailed for defilement

According to Spokesperson for Lingadzi Police Station in Lilongwe, Salome Zgambo, the court heard through police prosecutor, Sergeant Sautso Kamoto that the convict is a pastor of a

Pentecostal church in Kauma, Lilongwe where the victim was worshipping.

Kamoto also told the court that on October 24, 2020, the victim together with her siblings went to the accused person’s house to ask for help since they stayed for three days without food.

“After eating the food, the accused person told the victim together with her brothers to spend a night in his house since it was late for the kids to go back home.

“When they were all asleep, the accused person took the victim to his room where he defiled her and then threatened her that she would die if she narrates the ordeal to anyone,” said Zgambo.

The State Prosecutor pleaded with the court for custodial sentence, saying as a pastor, Nkhoma was supposed to protect children instead of abusing them.

He further told the court that the victim trusted him that’s why she asked him for help, but the accused person took advantage of her helplessness and took her innocence away, hence deserved a stiffer punishment to deter the would-be offenders.

Nkhoma was convicted and sentenced on his own plea of guilty.

In mitigation, Nkhoma pleaded for leniency saying as a pastor, giving him custodial sentence would tarnish his image including that of the church.

Passing judgment, Magistrate Shyreen Chirwa concurred with the State Prosecutor that as a leader, the accused person was supposed to protect children and not abuse them.

She further said cases of defilement and rape are rising in the country such that she would not entertain anyone involved in such malpractice which is Contrary to Section 138(1) of the Penal Code, hence the 14 years IHL sentence.

Nkhoma hails from Kapyepye Village in Traditional Authority Malemia in Zomba District.

On Tuesday women marched against rape in Malawi’s three main cities demanding harsher penalties to eradicate an entrenched culture of sexual violence.

Activists, politicians and journalists gathered to voice outrage at the violence, which has mainly targeted minors.

Waving placards that said “Hang the rapists” and “They are girls, not your toys”, they chanted songs denouncing rape impunity.

Malawi police recorded 1,501 cases of sexual violence between January and September this year compared to 1,766 in 2019. Just over 1,500 cases were recorded in 2018.

Police spokesman Peter Kalaya vowed to do more to “eliminate these evils”.

“We have arrested a lot of people, most of whom are serving sentences,” he assured.

Women-led activism is drawing attention to widespread rape in Malawi, where sexual abuse is often culturally normalised and rarely reported.

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3 years ago

Koma Zomba yaaa, wansembe anapangaso zomwezi, please lock them and throw the keys away, azilima chimanga for the government hospitals ma kayidi awa, asamangokhala ku ndende uko.

3 years ago

Thanks to the prosecution team for swift action, but why is that masm boss who defiled his niece, out on bail? Is it because he has money unlike the pastor here who didn’t bribe. Criminals who are poor face almost instant punishment while rich ones walk. shame!

Munthu Mlala
Munthu Mlala
3 years ago
Reply to  Okay

It is really surprising to see that Mask boss free on bail. That case could have been concluded swiftly. Very disappointing.

3 years ago

I applaud magistrate shyreen chirwa. Other judges take note and follow this example. 14 years! No excuses, no defence, no justification. Lock his ass up. We are tired.

3 years ago
Reply to  Tupe

14 years is too little when you consider the crime and desperation. Rape should carry no less than 25 years period

Last edited 3 years ago by Just
3 years ago

Kodi anthu ena amaganiza bwanji?

In mitigation, Nkhoma had the audacity to say that he shouldn’t be given a custodial sentence because HIS IMAGE and that of the CHURCH would be TARNISHED. Of course, that should be the whole point! He’s not a true man of God. His church is a temple of the devil. For all we know, this may not be the first time for the pastor to molest his congregants. Dig deeper and expose him further.

3 years ago

Which image is this pastor talking about ? You rape someone, you rape an under age kid, you force y=urself on a child who came looking for help from u. I believe you do not even have any image to be worried about

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