The senior resident magistrate court in Lilongwe on Friday, September 30, 2022 convicted and sentenced a 37-year-old man, Alick George, to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for indecently assaulting his 11-year-old niece.
The state through Inspector Richard Kandeya, heard that the offence was committed on December 5, 2019 in one of the Capital city’s locations.
Kandeya said that on the night of the incident at around midnight hours, the convict sneaked into the house where the victim was sleeping with her two young siblings and defiled the girl.
On this day, her grandmother whom she stays with, when her mother is out for business, was temporarily away for a funeral.
Kandeya continued to tell the court that it was when the grandmother stepped her feet in the house, that she saw George hiding behind the main door.
But when asked by the victim’s grandmother what he was doing in the house at that particular time, the accused person said that he was looking for salt.
Later, the victim narrated everything to her grandmother, and produced a cellphone which the accused person forgot in the bed while leaving the scene.
However, the matter was brought to police attention six days later when the victim’s mother returned from Thyolo where she had gone.
When the victim was sent to Kamuzu Central Hospital for examination and treatment, she was only found with bruises on her private parts.
In court, George pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement the state levelled against him.
He argued that the time of his defilement allegations he was suffering from sexually transmitted infections so why after medical examination the girl was found negative from gonorrhea (chizonono) as is the case with him.
But in mitigation, George, prayed for lenient sentence to the court saying he is his family’s bread winner. And that his body condition is not that good.
The state through Kandeya, asked the court to give the accused person a harsh custodial sentence citing that the girl suffered trauma that will haunt her for the rest her life, and perpetrated by her own uncle.
When passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana concurred with state that the offence is serious.
She also quashed George’s mitigating factor that he is not well saying he should have taken into consideration these issues first before committing the offence.
Then, Msekandiana went on to slap George with ten years imprisonment with hard labour from the day of his arrest to deter other would be offenders.
Alick George, hails from Kambilonjo Village, Traditional Authority Mpando in Ntcheu.