Police in Machinga have arrested a 33-year-old Pakistani on allegations of defiling a 15-year-old Malawian girl.
Eastern Region Police publicist, Joseph Sauka, identified the Pakistani as Raja Zeeshan who runs a shop at Liwonde.
“The victim left her home on 3rd August, 2016, claiming that she was going to Zomba to see her relatives. Since then, her parents were thinking that the victim was in Zomba until Thursday 18th August, when they were tipped by well-wishers that the victim was seen in the suspect’s shop which is within Liwonde Township.
“Yesterday morning, the victim’s parents went to ask the suspect of the rumour that he was keeping their daughter but he denied. Not convinced, with the response, the parents reported the matter to Liwonde Police who went to the suspect’s house. Upon searching the house, the girl was found hidden in a deep freezer which was not connected to electricity,” Sauka said.
He said that the girl was taken to Machinga District Hospital for examination where defilement was established.
Meanwhile, the suspect is in custody and is expected to appear before court soon where he will answer a case of defilement of girls under the age of 16 which is contrary to Section 138 (1) of the Penal code.
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