Area 24 women appeal against jail sentence: ‘Give us community service or fine’
The three Area 24 women who were sentenced by Lilongwe Magistrate Court to four years imprisonment for acts intended to cause grievous harm and insulting the modesty of a woman, have filed an appeal at the High Court against their sentences, saying it was excessive.
The three—Flora Chinguwo, Nora Chatsika and Gertrude Banda— ganged up on Bridget Kunchulesi (complainant) on October 20 this year, wounding her for allegedly having an affair with Chinguwo’s husband.
The case attracted public interest when a video clip showing the three women beating up the complainant and pulling off her braids went viral on social media.
They pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Lilongwe senior resident magistrate Paul Chiotcha on December 7 2017 to four years jail term.
Meanwhile, the convicts have lodged an appeal asking the High Court to set aside the Magistrate Court’s sentence with a fine or community sentence.
According to court documents dated December 28 2017, all four women listed the same four grounds of appeal – that being first offenders and having pleaded guilty, they were entitled to punishment by fine or community sentence,
They argue that Lilongwe Magistrate Court “erred in law” in giving them a jail term.
The four women said they pleaded guilty “at an earliest opportunity” and already embarked on reformation process and “the fact that our prisons are not reformatory in nature” they need to be out.
The convicts also pointed out the torture that they went through in the hands of the police in Area 24 and Kawale.
Why do we support a prostitute’s behavior? Most married Malawian women are suffering because of the likes of the woman who was tortured. It is the man in question that needs. To be. Jailed and not the women. I am not supporting what they did, it was wrong but what made them do that. Mahule amakhala amwano.
kuganiza ngati bakha, osangokhala chete bwanji ???
I think ofunika kukulodzani inu,tayelekezani kupanga za uchitsiruzo muone.otenga mulandu ndi mfitinu muonanso apumbwa agalu inu.
Malawi uchitsiru basi,anakapatsidwa 11 yrs kodi zigamulozi mumakondera bwanji,kunyengana nao mahulewa eti,stupit.
AZIMAYI OTHA MAPULANI NGATI AWA SINDINAWAONE INE. NGATI MWAMUNA WANU AMANYENGANA NDI MKAZI WINA, NDINU OYAMBA?? IWE OSAKANYENGETSA BWANJI? CAN YOU IMAGINE KUJOGODA NDI CHIMTENGO KUMALISECHE KWA MZIMAYI MZAWO AND YOU ONLY GET 4 YRS? WHY COULDN’T YOU JUST DIVORCE YOUR HUSBAND IF THAT WAS THE CASE? KUTHA MAPULANI ETI???????? 4 YRS IS NOT ENOUGH. I APPEAL TO THE JUDGE WHO WILL PRESIDE OVER THIS CASE TO HAND THEM 10 YRS PLUS INSTEAD. AKAPANGANSO APPEAL KU SUPREME COURT, GIVE THEM 14 YEARS. AFTERALL, I HEAR THE OTHER CASE ATTRACTS A MAXIMUM JAIL SENTENCE. PLEASE DONT BE LENIENT ON THESE BITCHES!!!!… Read more »
They rely deserve it “munthu umakolola chomwe unadzala” to me ndimawona kuti anawachepetseraso chilangochi amene akutenga appeal case imeneyi akawapatse zaka zoyenerera not 4 zachepa to say the truth mzawo uja even now akudutsa munyengo yowawitsa ndipo for moyo wake onse sadzayiwala ndipo kukhalanso ndimtendere kulikonse komwe angayende because of these ladies.
Kuchenjera konse balala, mfiti za akazi zopanda mzimu. Mpake amunanu amakusiyani. Ndinu opanda pake.
Muyesere kuwatulutsa kundende muonaso zomwe mahule achite kwa azimayi akhaza ngati amenewa.
Don’t worry. Your husbands will marry other women and you will be serviced by Prison Warders. All the best.
Ungrateful bitches is what can better describe these prisoners. It was brought to their attention that the maximum penalty for the crime they committed was 10+ years imprisonment with hard labour. The magistrate made a mistake by handing a lenient sentence of only 4years. Being tortured by the police can not be taken as a mitigating factor to reduce the sentence. The magistrate should have advised these prisoners to open up a case of assault against the police because it was a separate issue. Before the appeal, someone should have also advised them that their sentence might be increased at… Read more »
Stupid bitches,had it been I was the husband I would fuckoff of u and marry assaulted akakuonjezeleni zaka
Chifukwa chani dziko limakondera ambanda? Ndiye akakulolezani Kasambala alibenso mlandu atuluke