The court heard that the convict James Phiri on 7th of last month defiled the girl at Mwinama village when she was preparing food in her mother’s house.
Public Relations Officer for Ntchisi Police Galdson Mbumpha said the girl shouted for help but to no avail. Mbumpha said the matter was then reported to police leading to the arrest of the convict.
The girl was taken to Malomo Health Centre where medical examination revealed that the girl was indeed defiled.
“The convict pleaded guilty to the charge of defilement contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code. Presiding over the case, First Grade Magistrate Dorothy Kalua said the offence is serious in nature hence the offender deserved a stiff penalty to send as a warning to others with similar intentions,” said M’bumpha.
James Phiri comes from Mwinama village in the area of Traditional Authority Chilooko in Ntchisi.
Defilement can cause physical injuries to a girl child inside and outside of the body; psychological damage to victims including depression, fear, anxiety, distrust and sometimes suicidal thoughts; death; unwanted pregnancies; HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as social stigma.