Wife-beater jailed 13 years in Malawi: Victim has permanent disfigurement on her body

A disgraced husband John Yasini has been jailed for 13 and half years with hard labour by Mchinji Magistrate Court for beating his 18 year old wife Linda Phulani who sustained serious injuries on allegation that she was cheating on him.

The convict Yasin eating nsima outside before appearing  before the court pic sarah munthali mana

The convict Yasin eating nsima outsidecourt  before being sentenced.- Photo Sarah Munthali, Mana

Wife-beater jailed 13 years in Malawi: Victim has permanent disfigurement on her body

Wife-beater jailed 13 years in Malawi: Victim has permanent disfigurement on her body

Kaliati visiting Linda at Mchinji dist hospital pics; By Sarah Munthali MANA

Kaliati visiting Linda at Mchinji dist hospital pics; By Sarah Munthali MANA

Police prosecutor Humphrey Makhalira told the court on Tuesday that in April this year Yasini beat the wife with chains and rods sustaining deep cuts on her back at Kumbuyo village, Tembwe in T/A Mlonyeni in the district..

This was after she went to see her friend against her husband order.

“Linda sustained serious injuries in her buttocks as a result of the beating but Yasini locked her in his house for five days without seeking medical attention,” Makhalira told the court.

He said Yasini later took Linda to a herbalist, Malunga Kalumikiza, who alerted the police after seeing the horrific wounds on her body.

Earlier, pictures of Linda’s wounds were tendered in the court as evidence and a medical report from Mchinji District where Linda spent three months recuperating was also shown to the court.

The medical report among other things suggested that Linda has now permanent disfigurement on her body and Linda has developed a perpetual fear of men and has a psychological disorder.

The report also says Linda won’t be able to perform duties as a woman.

Yasini pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous harm and asked for leniency from the court saying he loves his wife and that he would take care of her if he was acquitted.

He also caused drama in court when he told the Magistrate that he had enough ‘property’ to take care of his wife, but when quizzed further he cited two goats and a bull, which his father denied.

Passing the sentence, Mchinji First Grade Magistrate Rodwell Meja Phiri who looked visibly angry said Yasini acted like a lion when beating his wife causing deep wounds.

“We should thank the herbalist who alerted the police otherwise Linda could have died, saying the pictures shown to the court showed Linda was in great pain,” he added.

Magistrate Meja Phiri said courts are there to protect people from injustice and being lenient with Yasini would mean encouraging domestic violence.

“ I will be a little lenient with you, this charge of grievous harm carries a maximum of 14 years Imprisonment with hard labour but since you pleaded guilty to the charge, I am sentencing you to 13 and half years to deter the would be offenders,” the Magistrate said, amid nods from a jam packed court.

Speaking in an interview earlier, Linda Phulani told Mana her wounds had healed but she has problems walking properly.

She also said she wished Yasini was given a life sentence.

Linda a primary school drop out said she will go back to school in September this year, saying she now realises that early marriage was not good for her.

Meanwhile a Mchinji non governmental organisation Women’s Hope for Change which promotes women’s rights say they are satisfied with the court ruling, saying this has intensified their fight against gender based violence

The organisation Executive Director Mrs. Hellen Makukula said Mchinji has experienced worst forms of women abuses this year and the stiff punishment to Yasini has motivated her organisation to fight more.

Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati visted the woman when she was in hospital and warned that government would not watch the trend continue but let the arm of law take its course on men who abuse their wives.

She also advised girls not to drop out of school and get married saying education advancement in women could help reduce the burden of gender based violence on them.

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44 thoughts on “Wife-beater jailed 13 years in Malawi: Victim has permanent disfigurement on her body”

  1. nudrat says:

    This is disgusting how women are being treated around the world.

  2. mapapaya says:

    Apa ndiye unapalamula mpaka Akweni kupeza mpata wokaona wodwala ku chipatala nde umati upulumuka.

  3. Andrew muntiani says:

    Ngati wakukwana send her kwa a make!! This was just 2 much!

  4. Moya Jombajomba says:

    That is enough if you had seen wounds on a certain newspaper and i think the guy had taken marijuana before doing the job otherwise it was beyond

  5. Namisako. says:

    ZAKAZO ZACHEPA NDIYE POTI NDI ZAMMALAMULO ZIKHALEBE CHONCHO.UWU NDI UCHIGAWENGA MAPETO AMAFUNA KUPHATU GALU AMENEYU.

  6. kubela says:

    Abale 13 yrs is too much. Kopdi mzakeyo anabwela ku court? Azimai alusa pa Malawi.

  7. Ineyo says:

    Palinso nkhani ina ku Lilongwe magistrate court where John Sande waku CHISU is busy kupatsa ndalama aku court ndi apolisi kuti nkhani isapite Patali. John Sande anamumenya mkazi wake after filing divorce case ku court,mpakana kumuvulaza in January 2015, koma mpakan pano, nkhani siikuweruzidwa. Amabungwe muthandizeni mnzimai ameneyi…chonde. Mzimai akuvutika kuyendera milandu koma mamuna ameneyi akudziwa kuti akalowa ku maula ndiye akupanga zoti nkhani ifufutike. Zikomo.

  8. Chinyanga says:

    I am not supporting the man here neither do i try to smile at his deed but am alittle unconfortable with the sentence Mr Meja phiri passed to this fellow..its just excesive. To me i think this unproffessional rulling was put in place just to please the minister (Kaliati) who visited the girl in the hospital so that she may salute & appreciate U. Its just unfortunate that he has no money to appeal against this. Our courts knows how to show justice to poverty-stricken offenders only. Ali Kaka in BT murdered somebody pano kuli ziii, the cashgaters ali phee mmakwalalamu, Mkulu wa prison murdered his son kulinso zii…the list goes on koma mphawi nde mmmm. Dont forget that u will b judged too.

  9. Bande says:

    Even Pistorious accused of shooting his wife dead didn’t get half this sentence. He is about to be released under house arrest now. A judge mwaonjeza and it is very clear you have been prejudiced by Kaliati’s involvement in this case. Shame on you!!!!

  10. Chigawaneni says:

    The sentence was fair to this brutal Yasini. In a related event, this same court unfairly tried and sentenced Mchinji Secondary School students. Shame on those who influenced the trial!

  11. Lipupa says:

    How about Kasambara, adjourned and adjourned

  12. flora says:

    ANTHU ENENANU ZIKUONEKA NGATI KUMENYEDWA KWA MKAZIYO ZIKUKUSANGALATSANI CHIFUKWA CHOTI SIMUNAMVE KUPWETEKA NDI INUYO CHINANSO CHIFUKWA CHOTI MWANAYO SIWANU KOMA AKANAKHALA WANU YOU COULD FEEL THE PAIN. CHILI KWA MZAKO UMATI CHIGWILE NYANGAYO. MAY THE GOOD LORD FORGIVE YOU. BWANJI SANANGOMUSIYA BANJA MTSIKANAYO

  13. Why was the magistrate visibly angry? Is there something he needs to tell us? Could it be that he was also eating the girl’s goodies and now that she’s disfigured he can’t enjoy them anymore?

  14. mapwiya says:

    my country my malawi womens your turn now

  15. Che Nkope says:

    Koma okupha munthu less than 13 years.kodi chilungamo chiri pati? Kodi nkhani ya mkulu wa prison anapha ana awiri ija iri pati?

  16. The Stupid man has left the bumbu he was trying to protect.Foolish man how on earth could you beat your wife like that without any empirical evidence.You hammered and tortured your wife like a donkey.You see now foolish hyena;you will not test Bumbu in the next 13yrs plus.Other men will now screw your wife freely without any interference.Ati kupusa.Koma iwe una nsanje monga munkhwere.Go and lot in jail.Matuvi yako ati kuipa pa maso.

  17. he Stupid man has left the bumbu he was trying to protect.Foolish man how on earth could you beat your wife like that without any empirical evidence.You hammered and tortured your wife like a donkey.You see now foolish hyena;you will not test Bumbu in the next 13yrs plus.Other men will now screw your wife freely without any interference.Ati kupusa.Koma iwe una nsanje monga munkhwere.Go and lot in jail.Matuvi yako ati kuipa pa maso.

  18. nachisale says:

    Men need to respect women too. The idea that only women respect men is primitive and not fit for modern marriage.

  19. chiphwafu says:

    man ma foodwarmawo tizidyeramo ndife sopan.eeee koma ndiye ndiziufilatu uluza zinthu ziwili nmkazi +ma foodwarma

  20. mwene says:

    Wife/Husband battering/butchering, is too generalized and meting out stiff/harsh punishments is not the solution.Efforts to arrest this vice by NGOs are not effective because they are not properly targeted. First and foremost get your statistics as to Which age group, Why and Where are such incidents common and then devise a plan on how to tackle the problem!!!!!Pointing fingers, shouting, condemning or sentencing each other won’t solve this problem.It is only through proper targeted civic education and counseling that will curb and end this problem!!!!!!!

  21. Anangozo says:

    there is no excuse for beating your wife period! irrespective of provocation or whatever situation, you just don’t beat a wife….anyongedweee……wadya yomaliza yamu food warmer pumbwa ameneyu

  22. Anangozo says:

    there is no excuse for beating your wife period! irrespective of provocation or whatever situation, you just don’t beat a wife….anyongedweee……wadya yomaliza yamu food warmer pumbwa anemia

  23. Stupid says:

    Sin came about unrespectful of biblical teaching of a woman and we are dying today and life is abnormal . You world leaders why spoiling the human nature in the name of human rights ? Let women suffer what they deserve . The world is so dirty because of women such that they are not ashamed going around necked . Insane creatures.

  24. Bololo says:

    Cashgate suspects are not even getting those kinds of tough sentences. Malawi courts esh…

  25. fisi says:

    evry time, evry ngo including evry presidency! i may gv you a simple example, conduct a survey in area 25a alone: you may regester 90houses 70% no husband; they are dead, reason mai atenge chuma. this one is beating which is fair? no! these ladies are insulting men!

  26. nachisale says:

    Men do not have the right to beat women or their wives no matter what a woman does, even if a woman is promiscuous. Women do not beat men akamanyenga. Men do not own women. For girls and women, get educated and be employed so that you have a choice to move out of abusive marriage and leave ccontrolling and cruel men.

  27. fisi says:

    anadimba zikuoneka kuti mulinso ndi zanu zitatu zimene mumapanga kuzembera wachikondi wanu. malamulo abanja u dont change ngati malaya never! ngati simunamvetse ndibwino osalowa mbanja otherwise mwamuna amatetezera moyo wache. am saying bambowa akali negative? if + wabweretsa matenda ndani, now with that + wat are the results: death! y? mkazi wosakhulupirika! then beating and killing which is heaviour? nzeru zoyang’ana chilonda, or wat pple are saying stop, what is wrong here; mwanayi ngasakhulupirika, to drive safely in that treand akanakhala opanda mwamuna! osati kunamiza mnzake ai. once again, she deserve it. whether mumuzunza mwamunayo but will remember that ndine wachigololo every moment she sees those marks. simply get alesson.

  28. Gigolo says:

    I concur with no.13 entirely. Some are even driven to drink alcohol on daily basis to run away from foul mouthed wives. Snicking into bed let. kungocheza pang’ono ndi nkazi wako nkhani uwona yasintha, kenako altercations or prolonged argument.

  29. mulopwana says:

    Azimayi akuzunza azibambo mu manyumbamu,kumanyengesa kumene koma ukadandaula amati azibambo nde olakwa.We are sufferring in silence.This woman why did she go to see a friend against her husband order

  30. Chikadza Kuwani says:

    The sentence delivered by the learned Magistrate is too excessive and he must have been prejudiced by the Minister’s visit to the woman earlier on. The man can appeal against the ruling, which was not done in good faith by the learned Magistrate. The magistrate also ‘looked visibly angry’ during his sentencing, a thing which is not accepted in the delivery of justice. After all, it is organisations like the Women’s Hope for Change which is driving these GBV issues forward as they are making women not to respect their husbands through their programmes. I would urge the Government to conduct a thorough research on the impacts of such organisations in our society. The prosecutor also lied in his report saying that the woman will not be able to perform duties as a woman. The policeman must be shamed of this blatant lie and lies are inadmissible in the court of law. In as much as the man acted unreasonably, the woman in question provoked the situation and in these days of HIV/AIDS, it is the responsibility of every married person to ensure that you remain protected from catching the virus. Let us not be fooled by the free ART, the virus is deadly!

  31. najere says:

    Thanx Hon.Kaliati for the effort put into this issue.

  32. Malawian!!! says:

    Girls you need to listen to your elders. At this age called somebody’s wife eee is ssh! Masanje chani? Banja limenelo?

  33. Kaka says:

    Olo akakhale 13 years ndiye disfigurement isintha? If anything, he has 13 years of eating tax-payers money for free mmalo moti azikaotcha chipisi nkumalela mkazakeyo

  34. Long Dick says:

    The meal is too much for 1 person! Why wasting food like that!

  35. Dalitso says:

    Fisi, we will wait and see what Will happen to you the such incidents happen to any member of your family. Talk as if you have mzimu.

  36. mdk says:

    Uchitsilu eti mayesa ndi thupi lake she can do all she wants with it.kaya amapanga cheat or not but the man had no right to beat her up.this is why he will spend 13 and half years in jail for his stupidity.iwenso ngati moyo wako uli umenewu nthawi yako ikukwanila.kupusa eti,umbuli

  37. Masa K says:

    Nawenso Linda at the age of 18 years kukwatiwa umathamangira chani moti uphunzire kaye sukulu umathamangira banja. Ubwerere kusukulu you are still young.

  38. mtumbuka1 says:

    Chewa people please put emphasis on education. Send children to school you guys have a bigger population in this country and 90% of that population is illiterate. We will never develop as a country because you guys chooses to send kids to your chinamwari instead of schools. Look what has happened now to this poor little girl.

  39. Zinjani says:

    Iwe magistrate waku Mpemba graduate which section did you quote to give Yasin 13 years.Osagamula because you want to satisfy your wife,Kaliati and that NGO who told you that.Your ruling should be 6 year jail sentence.The punishment is meaningless why dd Yasin beat his Wife.Ma Magistrate mumaonelera anthu osauka kwabasi Is that defilement case.What a poor Justice is Malawi to poor people.Yasin must appeal kungoti ali mbuzi ziwiri a magistrate amafuna mbuzi ndiye Yasin anakana.

  40. Daniels says:

    Zovuta cuz mwina mkaziyu adali ndi chibwenzi……nchifukwa akuti akanakondwa mwamunayo akanapasidwa life sentence mwina akufuna akwatiwe ndi wachibwenziyo…….nsanje ndi yoopysa mbwiyache….

  41. Dr.chimenya says:

    man mwamuchita bwino kumuthibula mkaziyo anandikana chibwenzi tili ku primary ameneyo olo bola ukanangomupha ndisamamuone

  42. anadimba says:

    iwe fisi ndiwe chitsiru. Ngati alimamuna weniweni mnzakoyo osamgomusiya bwanji nkukakwatira wina?nchifukwa chake mumanama kuti muli ndi mbudzi mukudikira kukaba zammakola aanthu? Afisi enieni musova.

  43. fisi says:

    its fine he disfigured her, she will not cheat again! the police said she visited afriend, ali ndi umboni wanji? umanena chasitsa dzaye kuti njovu ithyoke mnyanga. apa judge wangoyang’ana kuti wavulazidwa but why? mukanakhala inu mukanatani? sanatengeko matenda nkumpasira mwamuna wakeyo? adayamba liti kusakhulupirika? mwana wasamvera uyu nkhope imeneyo nkukhala mbanja amakafuna chiani? kuderera makolo, waziona. punishment yakula amateteza moyo wabanja lake kuti mkaziyu asadzachitenso

    1. Okhrana says:

      Iwe Fisi, iwedi ndi fisi ngati mkadziyo amamuzembera osamleka bwa? Lero watseka komaliza ndani? Iwenso kamkwapule mkazako ukalowe. Amuna ena apitilize kumudya, fisi

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