Malawi court slaps man 4 years jail sentence for sodomy

A Malawian magistrate court in the central region district of Nkhotakota  has  jailed a 30 year old man to four years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for sexually abusing  a nine year old boy.

Saidi Mussa of Tambala village, T/A Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota District was being charged with indecent assault after on July 9,  he coaxed the boy into his house at Chimnandi village where he sodomized him and later gave the victim K5.00 to buy sweets and silence him.

Official Malawi News Agency report quotes of Nkhotakota Police spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino who said  the court accepted that prosecution led by Police’s  assistant superintendent Lloyd Magweje successfully proved their case.

The state prosecutor told the court that the matter was unearthed after his parents spotted semen on the back of his short and later reported the matter to Nkhotakota police station where the convict was arrested.

Judgement

First Grade Magistrate Fred Juma Chilowetsa found him guilty of indecent assault on the boy under the age of fourteen which is country to section 155 of Penal Code.

Magistrate Chilowetsa pointed out that  sodomy  cases  are rand when perpetrators come before the courts, they should be punished.

He noted the offence committed is serious in nature considering that the act is unacceptable in the Malawian society and that it involved a minor.

The Magistrate stressed cases of this nature are very serious and the possibility of transmission with the dreadful virus (HIV) is very high.

In passing the sentence, the  magistrate stated that although the convict asked  leniency  on the grounds  that he committed the sexual attack on the boy because of ignorance, he  a stiff penalty to deter would be offenders.

He then slapped the offender with 50 months imprisonment with hard labour without an option of fine.

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