The Mzuzu Chief Resident Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 8thJune 2016 sentenced the primary school Deputy Head teacher, Albert Zunda, 49 years, to 18 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for defiling his 14 year old pupil.
The incident occurred in December 2014 at Chamalaza Full Primary School in Nkhata Bay District where the girl was self boarding.
State Prosecutor Lyson Kachikondo told the court that on the fateful day the girl was called by the convict into the house when she was coming from the bathroom. He had carnal knowledge with her and threatened to kill her if she could reveal this to anyone.
The victim remained quite until July 10, 2014 when she felt serious pains and developed sores on her private part, she then narrated the whole story to her mother.
The matter was reported to the Police and the girl was referred to the hospital where results revealed that she was defiled.
The court found him guilty and on the day of his trial the convict said nothing during mitigation.
In his ruling Chief Resident Magistrate Texas Masoaphambe said the courts should be vigilant in protecting a girl child by giving stiff punishment to offenders.
He said though the convict is a first offender, what he did was dangerous and he has to be punished accordingly .
The Magistrate said it was sad that the convict saw a woman in his pupil instead of looking for sizeable women out there.
The court further said that, by giving her sexual transmitted infection, the girl will live with the trauma for the rest of her life, therefore serving a jail term of 18 years suits his character.
The convict hails from Chitungulu village, in the area of Traditional Authority Katumbi in Rumphi district.