Balaka man gets 6 year jail term for chopping off wife’ s fingers

The Balaka Second Grade Magistrate Court in eastern Malawi has sentenced a 38-year-old man to 6 years imprisonment with hard labour for wounding and chopping off his wife’s finger .

Wife fingers chopped

Wife fingers chopped

Police Prosecutor Inspector Isaac Mponela told the court that the suspect Ajida Idrissa 38,wounded and chopped off his wife’s fingers during the night of June 14 at Kwitanda village in the area of Traditional Authority Msamala.

“The suspect wounded his wife Aida Idrissa who is a business lady after she refused to surrender the money she gained after the sales of tomatoes ,” Mponela.

According to the investigator Detective Sergeant Saiti Sokole, the victim went to sell tomatoes at Mangochi Turn-off on June 13 where she spent a night.

“When she came back home the following day, the suspect demanded his wife to give him the money she acquired after the sells; but the victim denied and this angered the suspect who wounded her with a panga knife and she sustained multiple cuts on the head, nose and reaching the extent of chopping off her finger”

The victim was rushed to Balaka District Hospital where she was admitted and has since been discharged.

Appearing before the Balaka Second Grade Magistrate Court, the suspect pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous harm which is contrary to section 238 of the Penal code and following his own plea of guilty, and upon submission of the facts by the state, the court for him guilty and consequently convicted him.

In his submission before judgment, Prosecutor Inspector Mponela asked the court to consider giving the suspect a stiffer sentence.

He said gender-based violence cases are on the increase in the country hence the need for suspects to be given stiffer sentences.

Mponela said, the victim has a permanent disfigurement and considering the seriousness of the offence and that it attracts a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment with hard labour.

But in his mitigation, the suspect asked for leniency saying that he has children to look after and if sent to prison, his children will suffer.

Passing judgment, Second Grade Magistrate Victor Sibu said the suspect was supposed to know his responsibility before committing the offence.

He therefore sentenced him to 6 years imprisonment with hard labour. Sibu said he has given him such a sentence so that it should be lesson to him and would be offenders.

Ajida Idrissa comes from Nduta village, Traditional Authority Msamala in the same district of Balaka.

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Wa usilu ameneyo 6years yachepa.


Wachibwana waliyamba dala Boma

kim george

This Man must be in jail more than 15yrs.others to take a lesson

kim george

Stop domestic violence plz we are all human being

Tchinga Chisoni

zinasanso zimezi mbuzi iyi ya namuna

Ngoni wa pa phata

Za manyazi ameneyo akafele konko


midyomba plz behave as a human being.why do u like women for sexual services only! Shame

mnyamata oyikonda nyasatimes

Ulesi basi! osangopedza wako tomato bwanji mpakana kumudula fingers mkazi. ukafere konko ku prison kwakoko. wati uli ndi ana poyamba sumadziwa zoti uli ndi ana umati anawo adya chala chomwe unamupanga chop mkaziyo.

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Ndiye nzeru za mijombayo.Kukonda kuzunza azimayi too much.Imakonda mitala kwabasi.Ilibe chikondi.


Balaka men,please stop this barbaric behaviour


Ndiye nzeru za mijomba.A woman has no saying to these people.They like mistreating their wives.They look at women as sexual objects.Nice for arresting this mjomba thug.

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