Man gets 3 years IHL for defilement

By Chancy Chirwa:

Ntchisi Magistrate Court has sentenced a 23-year-old man to three years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a girl in the district.

The man, Steve Kachale, who comes from Chitekwe village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kalumo in the district is said to have defiled the girl on August 29 this year contrary to Section 138(1) of the Penal Code.

The court heard that the two were in a relationship and the girl is below 16 years of age.

Passing her judgment, First Grade Magistrate Dorothy Kalua said the court decided to give the accused a lenient sentence because he is a first offender.

“The court has considered that the accused is a first offender and had pleaded guilty to the charge as such he deserves leniency as plea of guilty attracts a reduction in sentence to be passed,” said Kalua.

Kachale defiled the girl when she came to his house after her mother had denied her entry into her home for coming late. The victim spent a night at the accused house where he took advantage and had sex with her.

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