Councillor Charles Mlogera, of the main opposition party in Malawi, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), has been denied bail on charges of defilement.
The Senior Resident Magistrate of the Child Justice Court sitting at Mzuzu Court, Major Mbewe, on Thursday denied bail to MCP councilor for Chibanja ward in the northern city of Malawi, Mzuzu, who is accused of defiling three girls.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday after reports reached Mzuzu Police Station that he had unlawful canal knowledge with the three underage girls.
According to the Police in Mzuzu, the cojncillor took the three girls to a drinking joint.
“After hours of drinking, the suspect drove the girls to a lodge near Lusangazi road block where he booked a room and all spent a night in one room and that the suspect took turns to defile them all. They claim suspect took advantage that they were drunk”, said Martin Bwanali, Mzuzu Police Publist.
Thehe defence asked for bail saying it is a constitutional right and that every case is bailable, but Senior Resident Magistrate Major Mbewe said it was the discretion of the court to grant bail, basing on circumstances of the case.
The court considering the seriousness of the offence committed, denied the plea for bail and adjourned the case to Thursday, October 20, 2016 and he will answer three counts of defilement contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.
The accused, Charles Mlogera, Councillor for Chiwanja Ward under MCP ticket, hails from Kanjati village under Traditional Authority (T/A) Kwataine in Ntcheu district.