pupil rapeNKHATABAY (Wisdom Ngwira, Mana) –Despite stiff punishment being imposed on people found guilty of defilement in Nkhata  Bay district, the abominable behaviour seem to be on the rise as another 42 year old man is in police custody for defiling his four year old daughter.

Nkhata Bay district has of late witnessed a flood of defilement cases, with the district’s First Grade Magistrate Billy Ngosi saying recently that over 24 defilement cases have been brought to the court this year alone.

In the latest episode, Blackson Mhone who hails from Mankhumba village in Traditional Authority Timbiri in the district is alleged to have defiled his four year old daughter after taking advantage of his wife’s absence last week.

Nkhata Bay police publicist, Ignatious Essau said between 2 and 5 November this year, the accused took advantage of his wife’s temporary absence that left the four year old daughter with him but later allegedly defiled her.

“When the mother returned, she noticed that her daughter was having difficulties in sitting and when she queried the daughter (victim), she clearly mentioned that her father was the one who sexually abused her,” said Essau.

The police spokesman further explained that the matter was reported to police where the victim was referred to Nkhata Bay District Hospital where upon examination, it was revealed that the minor was really defiled.

The suspect is currently remanded at Nkhata Bay Prison waiting to appear before the court to answer defilement charges which if convicted attracts a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment with hard labour.

In a space of less than two months, the Nkhata Bay Magistrate’s court has convicted over five people over defilement charges; a situation which Magistrate Ngosi said was worrisome considering that those convicted were being given stiff sentences.

“It’s sad to see that despite this court meting out stiff penalties on those convicted of defilement, the vice seem not to stop in the district as more people continue to commit such offences,” said Ngosi.

He further expressed sadness that those people who would have been in the forefront protecting child rights are in the fore violating them.