12 years imprisonment for child abuser in Lilongwe

The Lilongwe Magistrate’s court has sentenced Shupi Mitambo, 25, to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for acts intended to cause grievous harm contrary to Section 235 (a) of the Penal Code.

Child abused
Child abused

According to Lingadzi Police Spokesperson, Salome Zgambo, the Court heard through State Prosecutor Inspector, Grace Mafosha that on June 27, 2020 Mitambo beat up his  two-year-old step son for mixing cooked beans with Nsima.

“The victim’s mother prepared Nsima for her husband and left for other chores leaving the child inside the house.

“When the husband entered into the house, he found that the child had mixed nsima with the only remaining beans in the pot. This angered the accused person who in return bit up the child severely,” she said.

Mafosha told the Court that Mitambo threatened his wife not to tell anyone about the incident that if she does so, he would also beat her up.

The Prosecutor  told the Court that it was not the first time the accused had done such a barbaric act to the step son.

Mafosha said that the accused used to beat up the victim and refuse to take him to hospital, but rather rubbing the victim’s wounds with salt for fear of being arrested.

“It took the effort of the landlord to report the matter to police seeing how the child was badly hurt. Apart from being beaten, the poor child was also scolded with hot water on his left leg,” she said.

Mitambo pleaded guilty.

The Prosecutor asked the Court to give give a stiffer punishment to deter other would-be offenders.

In mitigation, Mitambo told the Court that he realized his mistakes and that he had learnt a lesson.

He pleaded with the Court for leniency because he was the first offender and that he did not waste court’s time.

First Grade Magistrate, Shyreen Chirwa said the act of the convict was not to install good deed to the child, but rather to kill.

“A lot of children are facing different kinds of abuses by their step parents out there and the convict was supposed to protect the child without considering whether he is his biological child or not, hence I slapped him to 12 years IHL,” she pointed out.

Mitambo, 25, hails from Ndaona Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA)  Dambo in Neno district

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Lamion
Lamion
7 months ago

Tafufuzaninso Mr Linyama primary school teacher ku Limbe primary amasunga mwana wa mkazi woyamba dzina lake Alinafe amammenya osati masewera. Amamukomola nkumusunga okha mnyumba mpaka mwana kutsitsimuka. That woman he married anamutenga ku bar. PLEASE

Wiseup
Wiseup
7 months ago

Good and kudos to the landlady. Akazi a single ambirimbiri chomwe anakwatilira wa mwana kale ndi chani. Lesson to other many men who use their power to abuse step children, akakhala ana akazi kumawagona anvekere ukaulula ndikuthamangitsa pano. Ambuye akuchitireni chifundo ndithu. And to the mother and similar mothers, seriously i do not understand some women. Azimayi kukonda mabanja kwa bwanji uku inu kumangoyang’ana ana anu akuzunzika. Kaya mumanyengerela chani kaya. Munthu mwana wako akuzunzika iwe kumangoyang’ana, Mulungu akuoneni. And there are those neighbors who watch children being mistreated in silence. I feel like squeezing the life out of both… Read more »

Nabetha
Nabetha
7 months ago

Well done court this man would have easily killed the little boy and pretend that it was some form of accident keep it up we need more of such stiffer sentences.

Charles Msukwa
Charles Msukwa
7 months ago

Koma azimayi, ayayaya. Ukamawakwatira amati eya ana ndikasamala. Kumakhala kungofuna banja or chani? Ukangowakwatira sinkhaza zakezo.

JONES
JONES
7 months ago

True Christe Gondwe is not articulate enough in his/her story. It is confusing when you read it all.

MalawiMoto
MalawiMoto
7 months ago

Is the convict a he or a she? Please check your pronouns Christie.

Otherwise the sentence is fair and should cause us to think before we act in whatever circumstances.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
7 months ago

Nanu a Shupi kodi munakwatira mkaziyo ali ndi mimba?

Alfred Minjo
Alfred Minjo
7 months ago

Who is the accused here? I don’t understand. You are mentioning he and at the Samsung step mother!!!

FEW GOOD MEN
FEW GOOD MEN
7 months ago
Reply to  Alfred Minjo

WE HAVE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD. KINDLY GO BACK TO FORM 1.

BEST REGARDS.

D THONDOYA
D THONDOYA
7 months ago

I condemn child abuse of any kind to the highest degree. But 12 years imprisonment its also unreasonable. Find the balance JUDGE pls.

Wachisoni
Wachisoni
7 months ago
Reply to  D THONDOYA

should have life imprisonment

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