The Principal Resident Magistrate’s Court in Mzuzu on February 06, 2024 convicted and sentenced Chancy Chione, 28, to 17 years imprisonment with hard labour for having sexual intercourse with a minor.

The court heard through Prosecutor Sub Inspector Thandie Nkupa that the convict was involved into sexual Intercourse with a 15 year old girl from November 04, 2023 at Nyirongo Village within Mzuzu.

Nkupa further told the court that the issue transpired when the victim who was staying with her grandmother at Nkholongo within Mzuzu City, went missing for some days.

The matter was reported to community policing members and after searching they found the victim in the house of Chione on December 14, 2023 who was working as an assistant to a certain witchdoctor. Chione who claimed to have married the girl was brought to police for further police action.

Appearing in court Chione pleaded guilty to the charge of having sexual intercourse with a minor.

In mitigation, Chione pleaded for court’s leniency saying he was not aware that marrying such a young girl was a crime.

In submission, the state reminded the court that such cases are becoming rampant in Mzuzu hence beseeched for maximum sentence as a deterrent to would be offenders.

Passing sentence, Magistrate Clemence Chamwenda concurred with the state that the girl child needs to be protected at all cost and that ignorance of law is not a defence.

He therefore slapped him to 17-years imprisonment with hard labour.

Chione hails from Chione village, Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District.

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