A magistrate in Malawi, who presided over a sordid sexual scene in his office, has been taken to task by a high court judge. Judge Zione Ntaba ordered that the rape trial being heard by the magistrate, and of which the office scene had ostensibly formed part, should start again under a different presiding officer. The behaviour of the initial magistrate has also been reported to the judicial service commission.
When the parent of a girl who alleged she had been raped by 22-year-old Yusuf Willy went to the high court in Malawi to complain about what had happened in the magistrate’s court trial, it prompted a high court review of events at the earlier hearing.
Judge Zione Ntaba examined the file on the matter, and what she found makes for alarming reading.