Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court on Monday sentenced 47-yearold Hassan Laki to 13 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for repeatedly defiling a 14year-old primary school girl.
Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday that the convict had been defiling the girl from July to August 2015 when news of his illicit behaviour broke out.
“It is alleged that Laki, who works as security guard at a shop in Nathenje, met the girl who is a Standard Seven learner at Mwatibu Primary School in July 2015. He offered to be assisting her with money since they were both fasting.
“He gave her K200 the first time and told her to buy food. On another occasion, he gave her K400 and continued giving her money until the money accumulated to K4 000. He eventually asked her to get into a relationship with him, of which she refused,” he said.
Police paraded several witnesses before Lilongwe senior resident magistrate Chisomo Msokera who agreed with the State that such cases were deplorable and rampant and went on to hand down the 13 years IHL to deter other would-be offenders.
State prosecutor sergeant Kefa Mwangonde asked the court to give him a stiff sentence because Laki’s action was deplorable and that the girl was pregnant and traumatised.