By Draxon Maloya
A 25-year-old man, Harry Msiska, should be whispering to his knees wherever he is having been convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 14-year-old girl in Rumphi District.
According to Rumphi District Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Inspector Henry Mnjere, Msiska committed his crime when the victim came to his shop to charge her aunt’s phone at Jalawe Trading Center in Rumphi District.
Mnjere said “after the state paraded three witnesses the state prosecutor, Sub Inspector Peter Fuluweza told the court that Msiska defiled the girl on February 21 2020 at Jalawe Trading Centre in the area of Traditional Authority Njikula in the district,
“It was reported that, in the evening of the material day, the victim went to Msiska’s shop to charge a cell phone of her aunt, and whilst in the shop, Msiska proposed the victim but she declined, and upon being unsatisfied with her response, he closed the door and forced himself onto her and was told to spend a night together since it was late night,” Mnjere said.
He further said relatives started searching for her after they noticed that it was night and she had not returned home and they went to Msiska’s shop where they found the victim.
Upon being questioned, she narrated the whole ordeal which led to Msiska’s arrest to appear before court.
In his submission, the prosecutor pleaded with the court for a stiffer Sentence, saying the girl was traumatized and that such offences are on the increase in the district.
In mitigation, Msiska asked court for leniency, saying he is a breadwinner and first offender which the presiding first grade magistrate, Radson Gamariel concurred with the state’s submissions and ordered the convict to serve 12 years Imprisonment with hard labour.
Harry Msiska comes from Mponela Village in the area of Traditional Authority Wasambo in Karonga District.