The Mzuzu Chief Resident Magistrate Court on 30th May 2016 convicted a 48 years old deputy headmaster, Albert Zunda of Chamalaza Primary School which is in Nkhata Bay district for defiling his 14 years old standard 8 pupil.
In his judgement, Chief Resident Magistrate Texous Masoamphambe said the prosecution side had managed to prove the deputy headmaster’s guilty beyond reasonable doubt as per law requirement.
In his summing up of the case, Masoamphambe brushed aside the convict’s assertion that it was his fellow teacher who defiled the girl.
The magistrate wondered as why the convict having knowledge of the defiler and being a responsible deputy head teacher failed to report his alleged defiling teacher to Police.
During the trial, the convict called no witness and he told the court he had no mitigating factors.
According to the Magistrate, failure to report the alleged defiler to Police and indeed failing to call the alleged defiler as convict’s witness indicated the allegation was just an after thought aimed at covering up the charge leveled against him.
The case saw the State Prosecutor Lyson Kachikondo parading eight witnesses which included a medical practitioner from Mzuzu Central Hospital who authored the medical report.
It is on record that the victim was among fellow standard 8 pupils who were self boarding at the school. In December 2014 convict called the girl to a nearby unoccupied house on the pretext to give her marked exam paper but ended up defiling her.
After defiling her, the victim later developed sores on her private parts and Police investigations led to the arrest of the convict.
The case returns to court on 08th June 2016 where the convict is expected to be sentenced.
The suspect comes from Chitungulu village, in the area of Traditional Authority Katumbi in Rumphi district.