Police in Nkhata Bay have expressed satisfaction with the way the courts in the district are punishing defilement offenders.
The satisfaction comes in the wake of the sentencing of a 28 year old Aubrey Chitsulo Mbawa to 14 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour by the First Grade Magistrate court in the district.
State prosecutor Sergeant Keston Chiona told the jam packed court that on August 31, 2016 at Mpamba area in the district, the convict defiled a 13 year old girl and that when the matter was brought to police’s attention, defilement was confirmed at Mpamba health centre where the girl was referred to and the suspect was arrested.
When he first appeared before Nkhatabay First Grade Magistrate court, Mr Mbawa pleaded not guilty to the charge and this prompted the state to parade three witnesses in abid to find the guilty of the accused.
“The suspect was found guilty on September 17, 2016. In mitigation, he asked for court’s leniency since he looks after his old mother. He also asked the court not to send him to prison as doing so would mean that he wont be able to communicate with his relations who are in Thyolo”, said Nkhata Bay Police publist Ignatius Esau.
When passing judgement, First Grade Magistrate Anthony Banda, told the court that the offence the convict committed is a serious one which is punishable by death or life imprisonment.
Magistrate Banda also said that young girls are mostly vulnerable and needs protection from the courts. Lastly, he said cases of defilement are on the increase in the district and as a measure to curb the rise, offenders deserve to be punished severely, he then sentenced the convict who comes from Ngamwani village under Traditional Authourity (TA) Kapichi in Thyolo district to 14 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour.