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Herbalist jailed 10 years for raping psychiatric client

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By Grecium Gama:

Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court sitting at Nkungulu on Monday convicted and sentenced a 70-year-old man, Chiko Vasco, to 10-years imprisonment with hard labour for raping and impregnating a 30-year-old client with mental disorder.

The court through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Maggie Chibulire heard that during the month of October 2021, the victim developed mental disorder and was in December 2021 taken to the convict who is a well known traditional healer where she stayed for four months getting treatment.

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The State prosecutor further told the court that, in April 2022, the victim started recovering and the convict informed her parents to bring K80,000 cash as payment for his services.

However, the victim’s parents negotiated to pay the amount in instalments, a thing which angered the convict who moved the victim to another location and declared her as his second wife.

On 13 July, the parents sourced the amount in a bid to bring back the victim only to discover that she is pregnant. After being quizzed the victim revealed that the convict had been raping her and also responsible for her pregnancy.

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In mitigation, the convict who pleaded guilty asked for the court’s leniency citing that he takes care of his family who will suffer if sent to prison. However, the state quashed his mitigation factor, saying the convict took advantage of the victim’s vulnerability.

Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe concurred with the state, hence the sentence to serve as a lesson to other would be offenders.

Vasco hails from Kadango Village in Traditional Authority Namabvi in Mangochi.

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