A 90-year-old man is in Police custody in Dedza for allegedly defiling his two granddaughters aged between 10 and 11.
Dedza Police Deputy Public Relations Officer (DPRO) Sergeant, Cassim Manda identified the suspect as Lester Dunken.
According to Manda, Dunken defiled the minors at Kufunda village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kachere in the district when parents of the victims were away.
“It is alleged that on September 18, 2021 the mother of the first victim left home leaving her 10 year-old daughter playing around with her friends but when she came back, she did not see the victim which prompted her to start searching for her daughter.”
“When the victim heard that her mother was calling outside her grandfather’s house, she pushed him away in the attempt to respond to her. But as she was stepping out of the house, she realized that she forgot her underwear in her grandfather’s bedroom,” said Manda.
Manda added that the victim’s mother was puzzled upon seeing her daughter coming out of the house carrying her underwear. Manda said the victim revealed to her mother upon been questioned that she was defiled by her grand father.
“The victim revealed that the elderly man defiled her regularly since last year and he had been giving her K100 whilst telling her not to reveal their encounters to anyone,” Manda said.
The Mother of the girl then reported the incident to Lobi Police Unit where she was issued with a medical report and later the suspect was arrested and during Police interrogation, Lester admitted to have defiled the girl and her elder sister.
Manda explained that Police made an inquiry on the elder sister of the victim who was issued with another medical report.
The suspect according to Manda will appear before court soon to answer the charge of defilement which is contrary to section 138 of the penal code which attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if found guilty.