The Rumphi first grade magistrate court on September 3, 2019 convicted and sentenced a 46 year old deputy head teacher to 14 years imprisonment with hard labor for defiling a 13 year old girl which contravenes section 138(1) of penal code.
The court head that the convict committed the offence on 28 June 2019 at Mwale Primary school I the district where the convict called the victim to his house as his school pupil.
“The convict was defiled as she just entered the house of the convict and latter gave the victim k1 000 (one thousand kwacha only) for her not to disclose the ordeal.’’
On July 3 2019 the victim report the matter to the child counselor who visited mwale primary school on sexual abuse lesion and later on the mater was reported to the police where they arrested him
Appearing in court , the convict pleaded not guilty to the court which prompted the state to Palade six witnesses to proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and later on the court convicted him
In her submission, state prosecutor sub inspector Rose Mwandelire prayed for stiffer punishment to teach him a lesson and deter the would be offenders
In mitigation the convict played for leniency saying he is a bread winner
Passing judgment the first grade magistrate Cathbert Phiri concurred with states submissions and slapped the convict with 14 years jail term.
The convict ,Chipateni Gondwe hails from Vitendwe village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi District .