According to Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in Nkhotakota Paul Malimwe, the incident happened from November 2016 when the suspect gave a good gesture to the victim to come to his house for studies since they were staying close.
“According to the victim (withheld the name) since then, they have been having carnal knowledge with the suspect. The suspect took the advantage to defile the girl for several times at his house. The whole ordeal revealed in May this year when the mother to the victim noted some changes on the body of the victim,” explained Malimwe.
Mwalimwe added that the girl told her mother that she is pregnant as she missed two monthly periods.
“After inquisitively asked who did the barbaric act the girl narrated that her class teacher and neighbor Mr. Matewele. When he discovered that the girl is pregnant, the suspect gave her MK3, 000 to terminate the pregnant to avoid tarnishing his image the thing which did not please the girl,” he added.
The mother to the victim gathered courage and asked the suspect on the development who voluntarily admitted and seduced them to marry the girl. The mother later reported the matter to police that led to the arrest of the suspect on May 24, 2017.
“The girl was taken to Mwansambo health centre for medical examination and pregnancy test. The medical report revealed that she had a four months old pregnancy. Matewele is expected to appear before Nkhotakota first grade magistrate court to answer charges of defilement contrary to section 138 of the penal code,” said deputy public relations officer at Nkhotakota police station.
Meanwhile police are appealing to the general public to play a big role in protecting a girl child as it is said to educate a girl child is educating the nation.
Lawrence Matewele hails from Mbalame village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwambo in Zomba.