Kawale tailor Jailed 21 years IHL for defilement

A 25 -year -old man in Kawale, identified as Beston Chikapita has been ordered by Senior Resident Court sitting in Lilongwe on June 11, 2021 to spend the next twenty-one (21) years in jail for defiling a 6-year-old girl which is contrary to section 138 (1) of the penal code. The court heard through Kawale Police Prosecutors Sub Inspector Goodwin Binali and Sub Inspector Roxy Nsaka that both victim and accused stay in the same compound, on the evening of June 30, 2020 the victim was chased by her parents and the convict invited the young girl to sleep in his house. During the same night the accused enticed the young girl and defiled her. The girl revealed the issue to her parents who reported to Kawale Police, where medical report form was issued and Kamuzu Central Hospital confirmed that penetration took place. Appearing in court, the accused denied the charge levelled against him which prompted the state to parade five witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubt. During Submission, Nsaka pleaded with the court for a stiffer punishment citing that such cases are on the rise. In his mitigation the accused asked for Court's leniency stating that he is a bread winner and still young to be sent to prison. Passing judgement, Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona Chirwa concurred with the state and sentenced him 21 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) to serve as a lesson to him and other would-be offenders. Chikapita hails from Namada Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chitera in Chiradzulu District.