By Elizabeth Mainga
Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrates Court Tuesday sentenced Chiko Vasco, 70 to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for raping and impregnating 30-year-old woman that came to seek medical help.
Mangochi Police Station, Prosecutor Sub-Inspector, Maggie Chibulire told the court that in October 2021, the victim developed mental disorder after she had miscarried and was taken to him as a well-known traditional healer in Mangochi.
She told the court that the victim stayed for four months while getting treatment and that in April 2022, the victim started recovering and the convict informed her parents that they should bring K80, 000.00 cash as payment for the treatment.
She added that the victims parents negotiated to pay the amount in installments, a thing which angered Vasco who moved the victim to another location and declared her as his second wife.
“On July 13, 2022 the parents sourced the whole amount and went to take their daughter only to discover that she is pregnant and the victim revealed that the convict had been raping her and was also responsible for the pregnancy,” Chibulire added.
Vasco pleaded guilty and admitted to the charge which prompted the state to convict him on his own plea of guilty.
Chibulire asked the court to give Vasco a stiffer punishment saying what he did was immoral and criminal and has dented the image of traditional healers.
In mitigation, Vasco pleaded with the court for leniency on account that he looks after his family and if given a stiffer penalty his family which depends on him for survival will suffer.
Senior Resident Magistrate, Rodrick Michongwe said Vasco took advantage of the victims vulnerability as such he must be given a stiffer punishment to serve as a lesson to other would-be offenders.
Michongwe sentenced Vasco who hails from Kadango Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Namabvi in the district to 10 years IHL.