The First Grade Magistrate’s court in Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka has sentenced a 26-year-old man to 72 months imprisonment with hard labour for defiling and impregnating a 15-year-old girl.
Police Prosecutor Constable Christopher Nyirongo told the court that the suspect Oscar James defiled the Standard 5 pupil when he offered her a lift when the girl was coming from a barber shop to have her hair shaved.
“After the incident the victim did not report the matter to anyone until when her relatives suspected that she was pregnant; and upon interview, she revealed to have been defiled by the suspect as she was coming from the barber shop,” said Nyirongo.
He says this is when the issue was reported to Balaka Police who referred her to Balaka District Hospital for medical examinations where it was proved that the girl was five months pregnant and Police arrested suspect.
The suspect pleaded guilty to the case of defilement.
In his submission before the sentence Constable Nyirongo asked the court to give the convict a stiff and custodial sentence saying that the case committed is serious and they are becoming rampant in the district.
But the suspect pleaded for leniency when passing sentence saying that he is a first offender and looks after his aged parents.
First Grade Magistrate Damson Banda agreed with the state that these cases are becoming rampant in the district and that the future of the girl child in this case has been doomed.
Banda said since the girl is very young, she might have health complications during delivery and her life is at stake.
He therefore sentenced him to 72 months imprisonment with hard labour and said he has given him such a sentence so that it should be a lesson to him and would be offenders.