Man gets 10 years IHL for defilement

Written by  MBC Online

Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate Court on Wednesday, convicted and sentenced Stephano Khiwale(28) to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 15 year old girl.

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Duringcourt proceedings Mangochi Police prosecutor Sub Inspector Maxwell Mwaluka told the court that, the victim was defiled on the night of new year's eve when she went for celebration with her friends at Nabale Trading Centre.


On her way home she met the accused who asked to escort her home since it was late.


Mwaluka added that the accused  asked the girl to sleep with him on the way but she refused and started running.


The accused caught up with the girl and defiled her.


The victim revealed the ordeal to her parents who reported the matter at Makokola Police Unit.


In an interview with this publication, Mangochi Police deputy publicist, Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi, said the medical report attested to the allegations.


"She was issued a medical report and the results from Koche Health Centre confirmed occurrence of  defilement," said Daudi.


Appearing in court the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the state paraded four witnesses who proved the case beyond all reasonable doubt.


In mitigation Khiwale asked for court leniency saying that he was drunk when the offence was being committed.


Mwaluka prayed for a stiffer sentence saying, "cases of this nature are on the increase in the district which put girls lives under threat."


When passing judgement Senior Resident Magistrate, Joshua Nkhono, found him guilty and handed him a 10-year old custodial sentence to deter other would be offenders.


Khiwale hails from Sambe Village, Traditional Authority Nankumba in the district.

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