By Draxon Maloya
Police in Thondwe, Zomba have arrested Evance Chetonde Maiden, 80, for allegedly defiling his 8-year-old grand daughter.
It is alleged that on May 11, 2020 at around 06:00 hours, the victim and her friend went to the house of the suspect to fetch fire wood.
According to Thondwe Police deputy Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Patrick Maseko when the two got into the house, the suspect ordered the victim’s friend to leave the house.
“He then dragged the victim into his bedroom and defiled her,
“The suspect was caught red handed by the victim’s friends who followed her after seeing that she was not coming out of her grandfather’s house,” Maseko said.
He further said that the matter was reported to Thondwe Police Post and the victim was referred to the health facility where she was examined and confirmed that she was really defiled.
Since then, the suspect had been in hiding until November 6, 2020 when he got arrested to face the long arm of the law.
Chetonde is a perpetual convict and has just been released from prison after serving a 5 year jail term for the same defilement offence.
He comes from Mwamadi village, Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba district.
Unfortunately, this is happening at a time when gender activists in the country have intensified campaigns against the malpractice.