By Moses Masiye

Malawi Police in Balaka district have arrested a 32 year old Secondary School Teacher for allegedly defiling a 15 year old pupil.

Balaka Police publicist Inspector Josephy Sauka said the suspect is identified as Ernest John Chaopsa who is a Teacher at Mbela Community Day Secondary School in the district.

“This came to light after the suspect met the victim’s parents to propose a hand in marriage for the 15 year old pupil.
“The parents were surprised hence the suspect used to encourage the girl to concentrate on her studies a development that made them take the girl to hospital for check-up and was found pregnant,” Said Inspector Sauka.

The victim mentioned the suspect as the man responsible for the pregnancy a development that made her parents report the matter to Ulongwe Police Unit.

Meanwhile the suspect is expected to appear before court soon where he will answer a case of defilement of girls under the age of 16 years which is contrary to section 138(1) of the Penal code.

The section says ‘any person who with or without consent carnally knows any girl under the age of 16 years commits an offence of defilement which is punishable to life imprisonment if found guilty.’

Ernest John Chaopsa comes from Kabota village, Sub Traditional Authority Kachenga in Balaka district.

This comes barely days after Balaka Police arrested a 57 year old Mark Chafachaona for allegedly defiling his 15 year old step daughter whom he also reportedly impregnated.

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