The Phalombe First Grade Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced a 31-year-old man Patrick Kamoto to 168 months (14 years) imprisonment with hard labour for raping a 32-year-old woman in presence of her husband.
The incident occurred on the night of 8th January, 2017, court records indicate.
According to the records, on the material day, the victim was fast asleep with her husband when, at midnight, she felt someone was having sex with her. She thought it was her husband but as she woke up, she realized that the man on top of her was not her husband as he was smelling beer.
She then shouted for her husband to help; it was after he woke up when the rapist fled but left behind underwear belonging to his (rapist) wife.
The matter was reported to Nkhulambe Police Unit who managed to arrest Kamoto.
The victim was referred to Nkhulambe Health Center where it was confirmed that she had been raped.
Kamoto, during police interrogation, confessed to have committed the crime, and he pleaded guilty to the rape charge when he appeared before the Phalombe First Grade Magistrate Court.
In his ruling, First Grade Magistrate, Damson Banda said the conduct of the convict was heartless and poses threat to the life of both the victim and her husband.
He therefore sentenced Kamoto to 14 years imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
The victim cannot be named for legal reasons but the convict Kamoto comes from Mchenga village, T/A Nkhulambe in the district.