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Herbalist slapped with 28 years IHL for defiling two girls

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka


ZOMBA November 9, 2017, MANA: The Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced Grey Mcford, 32, to 28 years Imprisonment with Hard Labor (IHL) for defiling two teenage girls (names withheld).

Confirming the development, Zomba Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sergeant Patricia Sipiliano, said Mcford, who is a herbalist by profession, got to know the three girls aged between 10 and 12 when he sent them to fetch water for him on 11 June and paid them K50 for their assistance.

Sipiliano said after the convict got to know the girls, he invited them the next day and tricked them that he should draw "tattoos of fortune" on their foreheads which will attract money for them without any difficulty.

“The teenagers agreed to have the tattoos drawn on their foreheads, however, after the ceremony, Mcford demanded that they undress and threatened them that death will befall anyone who will disobey the instructions from mighty spirits,” said the PRO.

Fortunately, one of the girls managed to escape after the herbalist had already defiled both of them and reported the matter to her parents who reported the matter to the police.

The suspect was arrested by Zomba Police Station Officers who referred the victims to Zomba Central Hospital for a medical examination.

Appearing in court, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge of defilement but pleaded for leniency saying he is sick and a breadwinner of his family.

However, passing judgment, Senior Resident Magistrate, Wyson Nkhata, trashed his plea saying that the girls have been traumatized and this could affect both their physical and psychological wellbeing hence slapped him with 28 years IHL as a lesson and a deterrent to would be offenders.

Gery Mcford hails from Ganeti Village in the area of Traditional Authority Kaduya in Phalombe District.

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