NTCHEU (Malawi News Agency) – The Magistrate Court in Ntcheu has sentenced a 20-year-old man to 20 years imprisonment for defiling his nine-year-old niece.
State prosecutor Samie Liwonde told the court on December 31 2020 that the accused committed the offence when alongside the victim and her sister they went in the bush to pluck some mangoes.
In his submission, Liwonde asked the court to give the convict a stiffer punishment considering that the was planned and that such offences are on the rise in the district.
In mitigation, the convict (name withheld to conceal the identity of the victim) prayed for leniency, saying he was the first offender.
But when passing judgement, senior resident magistrate Yohane Munthali agreed with the state that such offences were becoming rampant in the district; hence, he gave the convict 20 years to deter other would-be offenders.
In another development Phalombe Magistrate’s Court has sentenced two men to eight years imprisonment each for cases of defilement.
The convicts are 60 year-old man who committed the crime in June 2020 while the other accused aged 20 committed the crime in August 2020 in the district.
Recently, the country has witnessed a surge in rape and defilement cases.
Speaking in an earlier interview, Minister of Gender, Social Welfare and Community Development Patricia Kaliati said more cases are coming to light because of increased reporting.
“Many community members are now empowered such that they are able to report cases of rape and defilement to authorities,” she said.
Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda is also on record as having said that his ministry together with Ministry of Gender have come up with a National Action Plan that seeks to curb sexual violence on women and children.
He also said government will ‘normalise’ the sentences given to offenders.