By: The Malawi Star
A 31 year old teacher, who impregnated a 16 year old school girl, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment with hard labour by first magistrate Gladys Gondwe.
Mtendere Phiri, who comes from Bembeke, Traditional Authority (TA) Kachindamoto in Dedza district, impregnated the under aged girl and later forced her to abort the pregnancy.
Presenting her judgement, Gondwe handed 16 years to the convict for sleeping with a minor and another 2 years for forcing the girl to abort.
The magistrate said she decided to hand the tough sentence to the convict as a warning to other teachers who are fond of sleeping with their own students.
Phiri was a teacher at Ekwendenu Primary School in Mzimba district.