Court orders mother to sweep in classes for concealing birth

The woman who dumped her newly born baby into a pit latrine last week at Ulongwe in Balaka district stunned the court when she asked for forgiveness saying she had to kill her newly born baby just to jump the additional responsibility as she already has seven children whose first born is 12 years old while the last born is only a year-old.

The suspect Daliya Alick who claims to have given birth to all her children at home was taken before the Ulongwe Third Grade Magistrate Court to answer the case of concealing the birth of the child which is contrary to section 232 of the penal code.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Yohane Chaomba told the court that the suspect  Alick 32, on Tuesday 14th April, 2015 at her home village Mdenga gave birth to a baby boy and dumped it into a pit latrine.

“But the suspect continued staying as if nothing has happened until when the community tipped the Police after suspecting foul play after seeing her with no child and that she was not pregnant,” said Chaomba.

He said the suspect confessed to have dumped the child into the pit latrine and Police demolished the pit latrine only to find the child already dead.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the charge of concealing birth of a child and Third Grade Magistrate Peter Mkuzi found her with a case to answer and consequently convicted her.

In his submission before sentence, Sergeant Chaomba asked the court to consider giving the suspect a stiffer sentence because “what she did is killing and a disgrace to all the women.”

In mitigation, the suspect asked for forgiveness saying she equally concerned with what she did but said she did this because of poverty.

“I ask this court for forgiveness because I killed my child because of poverty. I look after my elderly mother and my seven children and my first born is 12 years while my last born is one a year old. I shoulder all the responsibility of taking care of them because I don’t have a husband. The father of the child I dumped denied responsibility and escaped from the area. Please forgive me,” she said.

When asked to elaborate more on the children, she said she has never gone to the hospital for delivery and all the seven children were delivered at home.

Third Grade Magistrate Peter Mkuzi concurred with the Police but considering her mitigating factors, Mkuzi ordered her to pay a fine of K30, 000.00 but later suspended it and sentenced her to community service and ordered her to be sweeping at Nkhonde Full Primary School for five months.

He said the sentence he has given her does not mean that the case is not serious.

“This is serious and what she did is not a solution and asked her to look for best option like taking child spacing methods”.

He said the suspect deserved a custodial sentence and maximum sentence for concealing the birth of the child is 5 years imprisonment with hard labour but her mitigating factors are what have made him consider her for community service.

Daliya Alick comes from Mdenga village, Traditional Authority Amidu in the same district of Balaka.

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27 thoughts on “Court orders mother to sweep in classes for concealing birth”

  1. nyavizwazwa says:

    Anthu opanda nzeru will always castigate each other, but the truth is whether mulomwe, mutumbuka muyao angakhale mtundu uliwonse ngati zinthu sizinayende mwadongosolo victim amakhala mayi. Koma mayiyu tsono anakaganiza kuti ngati azibambo angondipatsa ana nkumapita the best way ndizitetedze ndekha. Ntchimo limene wapangali lilingati la David ndi Uriya Mziti. kuchitachigololo ndi kupha Uriya mwini mkazi. but what we should learn is that sin is never concealed. Who can hide the wreath of God? no body. Mayiyo akalape poti Mulungu ngwachifundo akhululuka koma asazachimwenso.

  2. Eliam k says:

    Thats a fair sentence considering the responsibility she is having, my appeal to her is azilera

  3. Noel says:

    Comment #22, ana apatchire komanso oti anakanidwa ndi abambo awo, sindikudziwa ngati ku utumbukako anawo amakakhala kuchimuna. And its my fisrt tym to hear this. I believe there z noting conncted 2 chikamwini here (they are illigitimate children).

  4. Musatinyozere chikhalidwe chathu please jst coment on this matter only inu atumbuka mumatiyamba dala mufuna tizikusalaniso.mkazi walakwisa kutaya mwana ompeza peza tchimo limeneli mulunga azaweluza Ndi KWA onse anatengapo gawo pa mimba ya mwana ameneyu

  5. Chilango chomwe Magestrate akanapereka ndikulamula kuti akatsekese mokakamizidwa chifukwa akuzunzitsa ana osalakwa. Ana seven azidya chiyani? Azingozunzika amenewo.

  6. SHAME ON CHIKAMWINI says:

    THIS SINS ARE DEEPLY ROOTED IN CHIKAMWINI TRADITIONS -FOOLISH TRADITION ANA NI AMUKAZI.ASK TUMBUKAS -ANA NI A MWAMUNA AND SUCH CASES AS THESE ARE SCARCE.JUST LOOK AT THE SURNAME OF THE MOTHER-ALICK??? ANTU WOTAYA MTUNDU NDI ANA OMWE. SHAME ON CHIKAMWINI

  7. Mmasomwambuyanu says:

    After delivery, thats wen wazindikira kuti ndi mphawi. Nthawi yomwe ankamugona anali wolemera. Life was lost, if i were the magistrate, i would still give her a custodial sentence. Alomwe ndi zigololo!!!! 7 children opanda bambo and yet she is still not satisfied. Kulera bwanji kodi simukudziwa ndi umbuli wanji kodi alomwe inu???

  8. aaaaa sanadziwe mkaziyo zotsatila za zimene ankapanga?Munthu wa ana Seven ameneyo,God help us 2know da rght thng

  9. Piper says:

    What about the innocent dead baby….is it going to be dead for only 5 months !!! This is pathetic you horrible little bastards !!! What did the baby do to deserve such a terrible death And the mother gets 5 months sweeping ??? You are as guilty as the mother !!!! Stupid !!!

  10. ALINY AMENEWA says:

    Achewa nawoso ngopusa bwanj,she is telling us dat wen she waz doin sex she couldn’t know its results? sakudziwa ndi njira zakulera zomwe, Vichewa kkkkkk

  11. Mzimba Solola says:

    Somebody concealing birth and the court gives her such a soft sentence? Can this punishment realy deter would be offenders? Its sad.

  12. Edison Banda says:

    She Has Done It Delibaratery,this Isn’t Agood Lesson To Others Who Are Fond Of Such Malpractice

  13. Observer says:

    Why did she not practice safe sex? Where is the man? This is so sad, Many will accuse the Magistrate here but just think even deeper! if she had custodial sentence then who would take care of her other siblings and Mother. Lord have mercy! However killing an innocent child is not a solution too.

  14. But why killing an innocent baby simply because of poverty?These inhuman acts will neither make us rich instead.Be intrepreneurial.China is my best living proof today.Or else better kill your sexual desires!

  15. Judge Ujeni says:

    Mayiyu ndi hule. Munthu wankulu ngati ameneyu wa ana seven angakhale osadziwa zo gonana ndi munthu womudziwa bwino? I very much doubt. Mwamuna ali pafupi ngati saeba ndiye kuti anachita uhule ndiye sadziwa mwini mimba.

    Alangizeni azichitira kondomu chifukwa sangasiye kutchayitsa coz of poverty.

  16. Kokotowa says:

    Wise magistrate! The rest is between her and her God!

  17. Thanx magestrate,ana enawo akanavutika,kumalela azimayi asa!

  18. nana says:

    Pompopompo you could call blm to insert a loop in her womb

  19. Emmanuel says:

    nde amangobeleka ngati nkhumba kkkkkkk amaona ngati ndi akalulu oti timakangowadzulira kholowa..? Eeeeeish axova

  20. banda says:

    She’s a murderer. Before she indulges in marriage or relationship she would think of responsibility at hand. Good job magistrate.

  21. Tengupenya says:

    7 children plus one in 13 years! very fertile… and very active woman.

  22. Maria says:

    Eeee kuganiza kwina abale!!

  23. kaphirintiwa says:

    lol…malawian judges are funny creatures. here we have a woman who loves unprotected sex daily and kills a child after the lustful act but gets away scott free, but let someone steal a chicken or goat and its 10 years ihl for sure. unima law imeneyo!

  24. peter muthanyula says:

    Sending her to sweep her at a school is tantamount to providing a bad role model to the girls at the school. Why not sweep the grounds of the police station or prison? Or even hospital, or on the streets? Schools should be preserved for people with good behavior and who will not influence children in thinking about dumping children.

  25. Blessings says:

    Chirango Chachepa,pamene amagonana samadziwa zotsatira zake mzimayi wa ana osewa?chitsiru cha mzimai.

  26. Shawa says:

    VICHEWA.

  27. nachisale says:

    Well done the magistrate – the mitigating circumstances are compelling and women should not be punished when men can just deny responsibility and run away after sex. Can the man (the father) be traced and given a similar punishment? Men’s tendency to run away from pregnancy is as bad as dumping a baby. By the way abortion should be legalized so that women like men can also decide whether to keep a baby (pregnancy) just like men casually decide to abandon children leaving such children in poverty, perpetual suffering and death. Bravo the court once for considering the woman.

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