In a bid to curb the rising number of defiling cases in the northern district of Malawi, Nkhata Bay, the court in Nkhata Bay has sentenced Edwin Dennis Malungo to 12 years imprisonment with hard for defiling a 12 year old girl at Kawalazi in the district.
The court through police prosecutor Sergeant Keston Chiona heard that between January and May 2017, Malungo had been in love affair with the girl and during that period, he slept with her for three times.
“The issue came to light on May 15, 2017 when the girl’s father red handedly caught the two having sex at a nearby bush. Sensing danger, Malungo ran away and the father took her daughter to Mzenga police unit where they reffered her to Kawalazi health center where defilement was confirmed”, said Nkhata Bay police publist Ignatius Esau.
Malungo was arrested and was charged with defilement contrary to section 138 of the penal code and during his first court appearance. However he pleaded not guilty to the charge and in its quest to find the guilt of the accused, the state paraded three witnesses.
On July 12, 2017, Malungo was convicted and during mitigation, he pleaded with the court to show leniency when sentencing him saying he looks after not only his elderly parents but also orphans and if sent to prison, the aforementioned beneficiaries will suffer most.
First Grade Magistrate Anthony Banda when passing sentence noted with concern the rising number of defilement cases in the district and as a measure to put a stop to it, those convicted for the offence should be severely punished.
Edwin Malungo 20, who hails from Mateleka village in the area of Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje district was later slapped with a 12 year jail sentence.