Liwonde man, 70, gets 8 years jail term for defiling 3 minors

Written by  MBC Online

Liwonde first grade magistrate's court sitting at Phalula has convicted and sentenced a 70 year-old-man, David Makonza, for defiling three minors aged 11, 12 and 13 between September 2019 and January 2020.


Balaka Police station prosecution officer Richard Kandeya told the court that Makonza enticed and slept with the young girls at his farmland at Chiyembekezo village under Inkosi Chanthunya in the district.


The prosecutor said on January 12 this year, one of the minors had difficulties in walking, a development that forced her mother to quiz her daughter.


The minor revealed that, together with the other girls, Makonza had been defiling them since September 2019.


The minor further said the suspect gave each girl K200 every time he had sex with them.


Upon receipt of the matter, the victims' parents reported it at Phalula Police Unit where they were referred to Phalula health centre for medical examination and treatment.


At the facility, the tests confirmed that the victims were defiled, and that they had sexually transmitted infections.


Satisfied with the evidence, Liwonde first grade magistrate Jones Masula convicted the accused on all three counts of defilement contrary to Section 138 (1) of the Penal Code.


In submission, the state prayed for stiffer custodial sentences to teach a lesson to men of the convict's character.


Passing the sentence, magistrate Masula concurred with the state and jailed Makonza to 8 years for each count, but the sentences will run concurrently.


Makonza comes from Vuvuta Village in sub-traditional authority Nyanyala's area in Balaka.



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