Man gets 16 years IHL for defilement

Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced Dumisani Shadreck to 16 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) after finding him guilty of defiling a 12-year-old girl with mental health disorder.

State prosecutor from Mangochi Police Station, Inspector Amos Mwase said Shadreck defiled the girl contrary to Section 138 Sub Section 1 of the Penal Code.

Mwase said on September 18, 2022, the convict defiled the girl at Mkoka Village when the mother of the victim went to attend prayers and left her under the care of her 17-year-old elder sister.  

The victim was defiled when her sister sent her to borrow a sewing needle from the convict, Nyoni told the court.

After learning about the incident, the victim’s mother reported the matter to village authorities who referred the case to Fort Maguire Police that later arrested Shadreck.

The state asked the court to give Shadreck a stiffer penalty, arguing that the convict took advantage of the girl’s condition.

Mwase, therefore, said the convict deserves custodial sentence to stop would-be offenders observing that defilement cases are common in the district.

In mitigation, Shadreck asked the court to be lenient with him on account that he was a first offender and that he has a medical condition that needs regular attention.

Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe condemned the act by the convict, observing that adults have the responsibility to protect minors from any form of exploitation as opposed to defiling them.

“The Child Care, Justice and Protection Act stops any person to do this to any girl under the age of 16,” Michongwe added.

Michongwe, therefore, sentenced Shadreck, 36, who comes from Mkoka Village in Traditional Authority Lulanga in the district to 16 years IHL.