Malawian traditional healer jailed for raping epileptic teen
10 March 2016, 16:45
Lilongwe - A traditional healer in Malawi has been slapped with a 9-year jail sentence after he was found guilty of raping an epileptic girl.
The man, Stanford Wallick, was alleged to have raped the girl on the night of January 27 while she was outside her parents' home.
According to a Malawi24 report, the 16-year-old girl was on her way to use the bathroom when Wallick dragged her to his residence and raped her.
During his appearance in court, Wallick pleaded guilty to a charge of rape, but begged for a lesser sentence, claiming that he was in a relationship with the girl.
While handing down sentence, presiding Magistrate Emulani Phiri said that cases of rape were on the increase in the area and that the nine-year sentence would deter would-be offenders from committing such crimes.
The development came a few weeks after reports of a Kasungu man who held a secondary school student hostage and raped her repeatedly over a five-hour period.
According to the Nyasa Times, 21-year-old Chikwamao Mambo allegedly abducted the 17-year-old girl on February 14 before locking her in a room and sexually abusing her repeatedly.