The Phalombe First Grade Magistrate court has convicted and sentenced a 23-year-old man to 168 months (14 years) imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling his step-daughter.
The convict Dyson Macheso committed the offence in December 2016.
According to facts presented in court, the mother of the victim had gone to fetch firewood at the time the incident happened. She left the victim with her step-father who took advantage to defile the victim.
It is indicated that on the fateful day, Macheso called the victim aged 11 and name withheld into the house. He asked her for sex and offered to give her K200.00 in return, but the girl resisted.
He then grabbed the victim, undressed her and forced himself on her. He threatened her not to disclose to anyone or would be killed. Two days later, he defiled her again.
The court heard that the issue was kept as a secret until the biological father of the victim intervened after he noticed the girl was having difficulties to walk. Upon quizzing her, she revealed the incident whole ordeal.
Matter was reported to Migowi Police Unit who arrested the convict.
He pleaded guilty to Defilement charge contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code, and was eventually convicted.
First Grade Magistrate Damson Banda slapped Macheso with 14 years Imprisonment with hard labour inorder to deter would be offenders.
Macheso hails from Ulolo village, T/A Kaduya in Phalombe district.