Crime

Horny Clinical Officer sentenced to 19 years IHL for raping a patient

The Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced a Clinical Officer at Mangochi District Hospital to 19 years imprisonment with hard labour for raping a 20 year old patient.


Confirming the development to Nthanda Times, Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi said the Clinical Officer George Gwagwala aged 31 raped the patient on August 8, 2021 when the victim went to seek medical attention at the hospital.


“The convict was working as a clinician at the health facility. On August 8, 2021, the victim went to the hospital for medical attention as she was having ankle pain and she met the convict on duty at the casualty ward,” said Daudi.


Daudi further said Gwagwala instructed the victim together with another male patient to follow him to his hostel where he assisted the male patient before raping the victim.

Daudi: Gwagwala took advantage of the patient’s state


“The first to be assisted was the male patient. After that, the convict invited the victim into the room and surprisingly he locked the door and forced himself on his patient, consequently injuring her and tearing her clothes in the process,” she said.


Station Prosecution Officer, Inspector Amos Mwase told the court that the matter was reported to Youthnet and Counseling (Yoneco).


Mwase further said the victim was issued with a referral letter and results from the same hospital confirmed that the victim was raped.


Appearing before court, Gwagwala pleaded not guilty to charge, a matter which prompted the state to parade four witnesses who testified against him.


In mitigation, Gwagwala asked for court’s leniency citing that his family invested a lot for his studies, and sentencing him to prison means all the resources have been wasted.


But the state quashed the plea saying the convict took advantage of the victim’s condition and violated her rights as a patient.


The state also added that the clinician’s immoral behavior could also dent the image of medical workers hence the need for a stiff and custodial sentence.


Passing his sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe concurred with the state and sentenced Gwagwala to 19 years imprisonment with hard labor to deter other would be offenders.


Gwagwala hails from Helemani Village, Traditional Authority Khwethemule in Thyolo district.


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