Zomba High Court has sentenced Mustafa Yunus, 31, to 50 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling his 9 years step daughter (name withheld).
According to the State prosecutor sub inspector Ezekiel Kalunga of Jali police station post that on 6th July, 2021, the victim was sent to a certain market within the area to sale doughnuts and it was after few minutes later when she come back home to drink water.
While there she met her stepfather who dragged her inside house where she was defiled and threatened not to reveal it to anybody
“Later on her grandmother noticed some blood which was coming from her private parts and took her to Zomba central hospital where she revealed the issue to the doctor” said Kalunga.
The matter was then reported to Jali police station and the accused was arrested.
Appearing before court, Yunus pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.
This prompted the state to parade four witnesses who testified against him to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
In his submission, Kalunga pleaded with the court for stiff sentence saying the accused had a responsibility to look after the victim, but chose to violate his responsibility,.
She added that defilement cases are becoming rampant in the country and offenders deserved hard punishment.
Passing the sentence, Justice Nzondi Mvula concurred with the state about the seriousness of offence and slapped Yunus with a 50 years jail term.
Yunus comes from Mapila Village, traditional Authority Mwambo in Zomba.