POLICE in Mwanza are keeping in custody 36-year-old, Paul Macholongo, for allegedly defiling his 14-year-old step daughter.
Mwanza police spokesperson, Edwin Kaunda, said Macholongo got married to Faina Fingiyoni in 2015 who by then was a mother of three children, two boys and a girl.
Later in 2016 the suspect started coaxing the first born daughter to be having sexual intercourse with him.
The girl succumbed to the pressure from her step father and the two started committing the act.
The girl, however, decided to disclose the ordeal to her mother on May 31, 2018.
The mother reported the matter to Group Village Head Thambala who advised her to take the matter to Mwanza police.
Police instituted investigations which led to the arrest of Paul Macholongo on June 9.
The suspect appeared before Mwanza Court on June 13 where he pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement which is contrary to section 138 of the Penal code.
Judge Ranwell Mangazi adjourned the case to June 20 to involve state witnesses.