"Boyd Sakala is alleged to have defiled and murdered the step-daughter after his wife went to Mchinji trading centre to sell mangoes leaving the daughter behind under the care of the step father, " said Lubrino.
It is alleged that members of the community saw Sakala carrying a sack on the day which the community suspected to have been used in carrying the dead body.
Lubrino further said that when the mother of the child arrived back from the market she found that both the suspect and the daughter were away. To the woman's surprise it was only the husband who came back and this made the woman to go around and search for the missing daughter and this yielded nothing. She then reported the matter to the community policing members which later arrested the father on suspicion that he had knowledge.
When the community police took the suspect to the police, the suspect jumped into Bua river and swam to the the other side and escaped. It is reported that he went to her sister in the neighbouring traditional authority area where he was hiding before being re-arrested.
The body of the child was found buried in the field on 13 February after a joint search by the police and members of the community. Postmortem conducted by Mchinji district hospital revealed that the baby was defiled before she was gruesomely murdered by the suspect.
"The suspect was re-arrested on 5 March evening by the members of the community who started assaulting him only to be rescued by the police. He is currently admitted at Mchinji district hospital where he is receiving treatment," explained Lubrino.
According to Lubrino, the suspect will appear in court to answer murder charge contrary to section 209 of the penal code.
This is the second incident in Mchinji in 2019 alone.