Man Jailed for 14 Yrs for Defilement A 42-year-old man in Machinga district has been convicted to serve a 14-year jail term after being found guilty of incest, having sex with a close relation.

Ntaja First Grade Magistrate Court, which
passed the sentence on Sunday, heard
that the convict had been defiling his 15-
year-old biological daughter and
impregnated her about six months ago.

The court also head that the girl was
infected with HIV, apparently by the
suspect. Court records show the man
divorced his wife some years ago and
went to work in South Africa and that
when he returned he sought custody of
his daughter.

It is suspected that the man started
sleeping with his daughter after divorcing
the two wives he had married after his
first divorce. The girl become became
pregnant early this year.

The convict was arrested last week after
the girl’s mother lodged a complaint with
Ntaja police station. A medical report from
Ntaja Health Center, which was shown in
the court as part of state evidence,
indicated that the girl was infected with
HIV apart from being impregnated.
The man admitted committing the offense
of incest and that he was HIV positive. In
her judgment, 1st Grade Magistrate Esther
Phiri said she had given a stiff punishment
to the convict to deter other people from
committing similar offences in future.

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