ArrestedLILONGWE (Charity Mussa, Mana)- The Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has last week sentenced a man to 12 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) in relation to a defilement case.

The deputy spokesperson for Lilongwe police, Constable Magret Selemani identified the convict as Kumbukani Semeon, 29 years, from Chimphangu village T/A Malili in Lilongwe.

“It was last year in September when the convict who is a carpenter went to the victim’s house to fix some doors whereby he proposed to the victim but the proposal was first denied,” said the Lilongwe Police deputy publicist.

The convict further proposed to the victim by threatening her to use gule wamkulu and beat her up if she would continue to deny him. This is when the victim accepted the proposal and the convict took an advantage to defile her.

After some weeks, the victim started complaining of headache and abdominal pains and was taken to a private clinic where she was tested for malaria but she was not found with any disease and was given pain killers.

The situation got worse and was taken to Mtengowanthenga Catholic Hospital where she was diagnosed to have sexually transmitted Infections (STIS) and that is when she revealed to have been defiled.

The matter was reported to Police whereby the convict was arrested and the victim was given a medical report to be taken to Bwaila hospital where she was admitted for a month.

The private parts of the victim are said to have been damaged from inside that she might not be able to give birth. The victim is also psychologically affected.

During mitigation, the convict asked for a reasonable punishment considering that he looks after his old grandmother but Senior Resident Magistrate Anthony Kapaswiche passed the stiffer judgment case which is contrary to section 138 of the penal code considering the condition of the victim and the increase of defilement cases in the district.