Reports reaching this publication indicate that Senior Resident Magistrate Court in Lilongwe on Thursday remanded activist Agape Khombe, to Maula Prison until June 9, 2023, after he was arrested on May 22, 2023 on suspicion of defilement.
Lilongwe Police Station Publicist Hastings Chigalu said on Thursday that the victim, who is aged 16, is currently pregnant.
According to Chigalu, the state through Lilongwe Police Station Prosecution Officer Assistant Superintendent Richard Kandeya, asked the court to grant the state additional time to finalise investigations of the case.
Through his lawyer, Khwima Mchizi, Khombe applied for bail, a plea that was not sustained by the court.
Senior Resident Magistrate Wanangwa Nyirenda ruled in favour of the state to keep custody of Khombe until June 9, 2023 when the case will be back in court for plea.
Khombe hails from Khombe Village, Traditional Authority Chakhadza in Dowa District.