The magistrate court in Nkhata Bay has convicted and sentenced a 60 year old man Joseph Mphande to six years imprisonment with hard labour after finding him guilty for raping his 22 year old biological daughter.
State prosecutor Sergeant Keston Chiona told the court that in March this year, the girl asked money from his father to start business and in reply, the father told his daughter that for her business to prosper, she needed a certain medication.
“When she quizzed as to what type of medication was needed, the father told her daughter that they needed to sleep together to which the daughter refused. On the nights of 3rd April and 28th May 2017, the father forcibly slept with her daughter and this prompted her to report him to the village headman who later took the victim to Usisya police unit”, said Nkhata Bay police publist Ignatius Esau.
“The victim was reffered to Usisya health centre where results revealed that she was really raped. Mphande was arrested and was charged with rape contrary to section 157 (1) of the penal code”, concluded Esau.
In Court, Mphande pleaded not guilty to the charge and three witnesses were paraded to prove his guilt and on July 12, 2017, he was found guilty. In mitigation, he brought the court into laughter when he said he is an orphan.
Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Anthony Banda decried Mphande’s behaviour saying as a father he was supposed to be providing protection to his daughter not to sleep with her. He later slapped him with a six year jail term taking into consideration of his age.
Joseph Mphande and the victim both comes from Kaulanda village in the area of Traditional Authority M’bwana in Nkhata Bay distirict.