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Ex-soldier killed after defiling 6-year-old

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By Foster Benjamin:

KANDIADO—Confirmed the incident

An irate mob in Mchinji on Saturday hacked to death a former Malawi Defence Force soldier in an apparent revenge act after he allegedly defiled a six-year-old girl.

Mchinji Police spokesperson, Kondwani Kandiado, confirmed the death of Francisco Tumeyo at Guillime Trading Centre in the western border district.

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Tumeyo is said to have defiled the girl in Kanjerengo Village on the night of 31 July this year.

“After the incident, the suspect [now deceased] is said to have bolted from the area and re-appeared on August 15 and was spotted at Guillime Trading Centre while armed with panga knives and quarrelling with people,” Kandiado said.

He added that the victim’s relations wanted to apprehend Tumeyo he ended up hacking them.

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“An angry mob descended on Tumeyo and hacked him in a revenge attack and he sustained severe injuries.

“He died while receiving treatment at Guillime Health Centre where two of his victims were also rushed to. The victims, who include the girl’s father, McDonald Chimenya, are still battling for their lives at the hospital,” Kandiado said.

Cases of defilement are reportedly rising in the country especially with the closure of schools as children remain at home.

The same is the case with early pregnancies and marriages.

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