Mulanje Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday sentenced Arthur Moses Chiulika, who was working as a nurse at Chinyama Health Centre in the district, to five years imprisonment for raping a patient.
Mulanje Police Station spokesperson Gresham Ngwira said in an interview that the victim reported the matter to Chinyama Police Unit immediately after the incident.
“Following the report, police arrested him and charged him with rape contrary to Section 133 of the Penal Code,” he said.
The convict pleaded not guilty, but evidence weighed heavily against him, according to Ngwira.
Magistrate Smart Maruwasa said the sentence should serve as a lesson to other professionals entrusted with caring for patients.
Chiulika comes from Nkali Village, Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.
In a related development, in July this year, police in Mulanje also arrested another nurse, Spencer Chigwengwe for defiling a 15-year-old girl. In November last year, a Zomba-based herbalist, Grey Mcford was jailed for 28 years for defiling two girls who were his clients.