The Mangochi first grade magistrate court has sentenced a 24 year old Patrick Mwinjiro to 10 years Imprisonment with h
Hard Labour (IHL) for an offence of defilement contrary to section 138 of the penal code.
Prosecutor Sub lnspector Laston Sabola told court that the victim, aged 14, is a sister in-law of the accused person who live separately but in the same village.
Sabola also told the court that in the month of March 2017, the accused person requested to have sex with the victim but she denied. The accused person did not stop but he kept persuading her until one day she reported the matter to her sister who took no action.
The Prosecutor further said that, in the same month the victim visited her sister in order to play with her niece, few minutes later her sister left her with the accused person and went to fetch water.
In his wife’s absence he forcefully dragged the victim into the house and defiled her.
Then, the accused threatened to divorce victim’s sister if she reveals about the incident and this had been happening for several times secretly until early July 2017 when her parents noticed some changes on her body .
The young girl revealed about the issue adding that she’s pregnant and the accused person being responsible a situation which prompted her parents to reporte the matter to Monkey-Bay Police Post.
Medical results from Monkey-Bay Health Centre confirmed that she’s 4 months pregnant and he was arrested.
The accused pleaded guilty as charged. In mitigation he begged for a lenient sentence however the Prosecutor pleaded for a stiffer penalty.
Passing judgement, his worship First Grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana concurred with the state Prosecutor, adding that the accused person conduct cannot be tolerated in the society instead of protecting her he went ahead molested and impregnated his own sister in-law hence he slapped him to a 10 year jail term in order to serve as a lesson to others.
Patrick Mwinjiro hails from Mkuwa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nkhumba in Mulanje district.