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Nigerian in Malawi accused of raping daughter
Masterweb News Desk
( Friday, August 24, 2007 )
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A Nigerian businessman accused by his estranged wife of raping their 4-year-old daughter has been granted bail by the court after he had been denied bail twice. The Malawi High Court sitting in Lilongwe granted 41-year-old Joseph Ndubisi Nwangu bail following an illness that left him in hospital for weeks.
Nwangu was twice denied bail by Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Chifundo Kachale on the grounds that he could jump bail fleeing to Nigeria as prosecution alleged. He noted that there would be nothing the court could do in such a case since Malawi and Nigeria had no extradition treaty. The Chief Resident Magistrate agreeing with prosecution also was afraid Nwangu could interfere with state witnesses who live in Area 47 where he also lived.
On fleeing the country, Nwangu's lawyer argued he had invested a lot in the country and would not abandon his huge business interests and flee the country. On tampering with witnesses his lawyer argued that since the state had already concluded its investigations on the matter, tampering of witnesses could not arise.
Nwangu was arrested after his Tanzanian estranged wife, Josephine Mkonyi, 41, reported to police he raped their 4-year-old daughter. The molestation according to Mkonyi took place after she dropped-off the child at Nwangu’s house in order for her to be able to visit her father.
The date of the next trial is unconfirmed at the time of this report. If convicted, Nwangu faces a sentence of life in prison.
Picture Above: Map of Malawi showing Lilongwe.
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