Confirming the development Sunday, Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Elizabeth Divala said John who hails from Ligowe Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Mlauli in Neno committed the crime in M’bwerera area in Chemussa, Blantyre where he resides.
According to Divala, on February 17, 2017, the victim was passing by John's convict’s house on her way to fetch water at a water kiosk which was near the convict’s house.
“The convict called her and dragged her inside his house and put clothes on the victim’s mouth for her not to shout and dragged her on his bed and defiled her,” said Divala.
Presiding over the case, Resident Magistrate Peter Kandulu sentenced John to 18 years IHL to deter would be offenders.
Recent media reports indicate that defilement statistics from the Malawi Police Service have increased by 13% in 2016 as compared to the previous year.
This is despite campaigns by government and gender rights activists to fight the crime.
The increase in the cases has brought fear and shock among the citizenry because children as young as a year old are victims.
The Penal code in Malawi criminalises sexual intercourse with a girl below the age of 16 with or without consent.