The Mzuzu First Grade Magistrate’s Court last week sentenced a 29-yearold man to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling his niece.
Mzuzu Police spokesperson, Cecilia Mfune, said the court heard that the convict (name withheld) was working as a tobacco tenant at Jombo while living with his brother-in-law who is the victim’s father.
She said on August 8 the convict was left to look after the house and the children as the parents went to visit a sick relative at Bwengu.
Mfune said in the middle of the night, the convict defiled the girl and the issue only came to light in October because of a sexually transmitted infection which the victim was diagnosed with.
“The convict pleaded not guilty but the court was convinced through the evidence given by four witnesses.
“In her judgment, First Grade Magistrate Sophie Chimaliro said the offence committed by the convict is a felony which attracts a penalty of life imprisonment. She also said being an uncle, he breached the trust of the girl’s parents and she [the victim] will be traumatised for the rest of her life and therefore a 14 year jail term suits him,” Mfune said.
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