NTCHISI (Gladspon M’bumpha) -A 28-year-old Malawian teacher from Mingu Primary School in Ntchisi has been jailed for 50 months imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 14-year-old standard eight pupil.
Ntchisi First Grade Magistrate’s Court convicted the teacher, Chikondi Jackson Daniel of Ching’amba Village in the area of Traditional Authority Ganya in Ntcheu for the offence, which is contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.
The court heard that Daniel committed the crime in December last year and in January this year at Mingu Primary School.
The court further heard that in December last year, the girl was coming from a borehole where she had gone to draw water and when she crossed the house of the teacher, the teacher invited the girl into his house as he cheated her to collect her note book but instead of giving her the note book.
The teacher started touching the girl’s breasts and private part and undressed her, then defiled her but the girl did not reveal the matter to anyone because the teacher threatened to deal with her if she dared to do so.
It was also revealed in court that in January this year, the teacher also called the girl insisting that on that day he would give her a note book unlike the previous time and the girl refused but the teacher threatened the girl by telling her that if she do not go then she will never attend his classes.
Upon being threatened, the girl voluntarily went to the house of the teacher and the teacher did likewise as in December last year and this time, the teacher gave the girl K1000 and warned her never to tell anybody or show anybody the bank note and all the two occasions the teacher did not use any condom.
When the girl reached home, she hide the bank note in the bag containing maize husks and when the victim’s young sister was collecting the husks its when she came across the bank note and the victim was quizzed over it and its when she narrated the whole ordeal to her parents who later informed the headteacher where the teacher was teaching.
The headteacher informed an organisation, Child Labour Elimination Action for Real Change (CLEAR) who advised them to report the matter to police.
First Grade Magistrate Dorothy Kalua said he handed Daniel to 4-year sentence because he pleaded guilty to the charge.