Man jailed 20 years for raping 91 year old
The Senior Resident Magistrates Court in Dowa has convicted and sentenced a 25-year-old man, Thokozani Andrew, to 20 years Imprisonment with Hard Labor (IHL) for raping a 91-year-old woman.
Dowa Police Public Relations Officer, Gladson M’bumpha, told Malawi News Agency (MANA) that the convict committed the crime on September 9, 2020 at Kapilinga Village in the district.
“On the particular day the victim went to Mkanganya Forest to collect charcoal remains but suddenly the convict appeared from behind, grabbed and raped her.
“However, the victim tried to shout but the convict shut up her mouth and grabbed her neck saying he will kill her if she dares shout,” M’bumpha said.
The survivor then reported the matter to relatives who followed the issue and found the convict at his house wearing the same short he had put on while raping the victim.
M’bumpha said the convict was arrested by community policing members, who took him to police while the victim was referred to Dowa District Hospital for examination and treatment.
According to M’bumpha, the convict pleaded not guilty during court hearing and this made the state to parade witnesses which led to his conviction.
“Appearing before court, the convict pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape contrary to section 133 of the Penal Code. This prompted the State to parade four witnesses, leading to his conviction,” said M’bumpha.
In its submission, the State asked the court to give out stiff punishment to the offender, saying the offence is serious in nature and that the victim is too old for the act.
Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Joana Kwatiwani concurred with the state’s submission for stiff punishment and sentenced the convict to 20 years IHL as a warning to others from committing similar offence.
Andrew comes from Kaziputa Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Msakambewa in Dowa.
Source: Andrew Khabwira, Mana