The Balaka First Grade Magistrate court has sentenced a 78 year old man to 5 years imprisonment for defiling a mentally disturbed girl.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Lawrence Nchalison told the court that the suspect Luciano Maulidi has been defiling the imbecile since last year 2013 at Mundira village, in the area of Traditional Authority Chanthunya in Balaka district.

Sergenat Nchalisoni said the issue came to light last week after the victim reported to her grand mother, who later reported to Phalula police unit.

In mitigation, the defendant who pleaded guilty to the charges asked the court to be lenient when passing judgement, saying he is first offender and that he is old.

First Grade Magistrate Damson Banda said the offence Luciano Maulidi committed is a serious one especially committed by an elderly person who is supposed to be a role model for the youth.

Magistrate Banda quashed the convict’s call for leniency and slapped him with five year jail term.

Luciano Maulidi comes from Mundira village, Traditional Authority Chanthunya in Balaka district.

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