Kawale tailor jailed 11 years for defilement

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 ordered a 23 - year- old young man, Raffick Issa to spend eleven years in prison for defiling a 15-year-old girl, who is his neighbor.

The court heard through state prosecutor, Sub Inspector Melvin Ngamuti that in the month of April, 2021 in the evening, the victim was sent by her step mother to collect a school uniform from the house of the convict who is a tailor by profession.

In course of waiting for the uniform, Raffick Issa enticed the girl and defiled her.

After the incident, the mother was informed by the girl, later the issue was brought to Kawale Police Station where arrest was made instantly.

Appearing in court, Issa pleaded not guilty to the charge, prompting the state to parade four witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In his submission, Ngamuti asked the court to pass a deterrent sentence against Issa, citing that defilement cases are increasing and that the man violated the right of a girl child.

Concurring with the state, Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa sentenced the convict to 11 years imprisonment with hard labour.

Issa hails from Steven Village in the area of Traditional Authority Kalonga in Salima District.