THE police have arrested a 24 year-old man whom they suspect of having murdered a six-year old child after defiling and raping her on Chizumulu Island.
They have identified him as Arthur Mtambo. The crime has shocked the residents of this small and normally peaceful island, which lies close to Likoma.
The islanders have described Mtambo as a monster that should be handed a life sentence should he be found guilty when his trial comes up in court.
The police expect to take Mtambo to court in the near future to answer two charges.
The first would be for murder, which attracts a penalty of death or life imprisonment.
Defilement or rape of a minor also carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. – MANA