By Wishes Mumba
First Grade Magistrate Court in Mchinji on Friday sentenced Dickson Issah, aged 65 to eight years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a three-year-old girl.
According to the mother of the victim, the incident occurred on October 4, 2019 at Kafele Village in Traditional Authority Mkanda in the district.
The court, through state prosecutor, Sub Inspector, Eugnesio Yotamu heard that on the said date while the parents of the victim were attending to a funeral ceremony, Issah, their neighbour took advantage of their absence and defiled the child.
Hearing this tragedy upon their arrival from the funeral, the parents went to report to police about the matter.
According to police, after medical examination at Mkanda Health Centre, it was confirmed that the baby had really been defiled.
Appearing before First Grade Magistrate Arthur Mtalimanja, the accused was found guilty of defilement which is contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.
Despite being a first offender of the crime of such nature, an elderly person and a breadwinner of his family, Mtalimanja slapped Dickson Issah with eight years imprisonment with hard labour.
The Magistrate justified the stiff penalty given to the perpetrator as a lesson and also to deter all would-be offenders.
Dickson Issah comes from Chiwawula Village in Traditional Authority Kaluli in Mangochi.-MANA