The First Grade Magistrate Court in Mzuzu on November 21, 2016 sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with hard labor a 28 year old man identified as Dickson Sichambe of Kasisi Village under Traditional Authority Mwaulambiya in Chitipa District for defiling his 11 year old niece.
The court through the state prosecutor Sergeant Felix William Senzani, heard that the convict was working as a tobacco tenant at Jombo whilst living with his in law who is the victims father.
“On August 8, 2016 he was left to look after the house and the children as the parents went to visit a sick relative at Bwengu. In the middle of the night the convict defiled the girl and the issue came to light in October because of an STI which was infected to her”, said Mzuzu Police deputy publist Cecilia Mfune.
The matter was reported to Ekwendeni Police Unit and the convict was arrested. However he pleaded not guilty but the court was convinced through the evidence given by 4 witnesses.
During her judgment First Grade Magistrate Sophie Chimaliro said the offense committed by the convict is a felony which attracts a penalty of life imprisonment. She also said that as an uncle he breached the trust of the girls parents and she will be traumatized the rest of his life.
She therefore slapped him a 14 year jail term sentence.