Jail for man who had sex with a goat

A young man who was caught having sex with a goat has been jailed for 18 months by a court in Malawi’s central lakeshore district of Nkhotakota.

Chifuniro Ketala appeared before the Nkhotakota First Grade Magistrate charged with committing the act on January 11, 2014 in the district.

State Prosecutor Sergeant James Muyira told the court the suspect was arrested after a Standard seven pupil from Namvuu Primary School caught the man red handed making love with a goat he had tied to a pole in a goats’ barn around 7am.

The court heard the heard a strange loud noise of goats from nearby houses which prompted the him to follow and see what was happening and to his surprise he found the accused naked, busy having sex with a goat.

The school boy then reported the matter to the owner of the goats, Faiden Ketala, who denied the money the suspect wanted to give him in order to conceal the matter.

“The goat was then taken to a veterinary office where after the examination results revealed that the goat indeed had penetration,” Prosecutor Muyira told Nyasa Times.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge of bestiality which is contrary to section 153 subsection B of the penal code.

Passing judgment, Magistrate Chilowetsa Phiri described the offence as serious in nature and the offence attracts a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment with hard labour.

He said it was unhealthy for a sound minded person to make love with an animal when there are many girls out there “even right here in court.”

In mitigation, Chifuniro Ketala asked for lenient punishment claiming during the time he committed the offence he was being led by demons.

But the magistrate went ahead and sentenced the 21-year-old, who hails from Damba Village in  Senior Chief Mwadzama in the district, to 18 months (one and half years) imprisonment with hard labour for bestiality.

Magistrate Chilowetsa Phiri backed his ruling arguing “this is a lesson to those would be offenders hence the stiff penalty.”

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