The Blantyre resident magistrate court has sentenced a 22 year old man, Dixon Ibrahim to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for attempting to rape a 35 year old woman.

The court heard through state prosecutor Mark Kanyinji that on 9th April, 2021, at around 23:00hrs the victim Alinafe Makwinja, a Blantyre resident was on her way home from one of the refreshment Centers in the city.

As she walk along Sir Glyn Jones street, she was approached by the convict who demanded to have sexual intercourse with her but she refused.

Ibrahim then forced the victim down, undressed her while she shouted and struggled for help.

Immediately police officers who were patrolling along the street rushed to the scene and arrested the convict before he had started forcing himself on her.

The victim was referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for examination and treatment.

The state in submission prayed for a stiffer punishment despite the convict being the first offender.

Resident magistrate Akya Mwanyongo concurred with the state as he expressed concern over the rising cases of sexual violence..

He then slapped the convict with a 10 year jail term with hard labour.

Ibrahim who throughout the proceedings chose to exercise his right to remain silent, hails from Manyenje village in the area of Traditional Authority Ntaja in Machinga district.

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