Villagers arrest murder suspect after 8 years of Malawi Police hunt

Malawi Police is keeping in custody 32-year-old Arnold Rhodgers on suspicion that he murdered his nine-year-old nephew eight years ago in Neno.

The district’s police spokesperson Raphael Kaliati said the nephew Madalitso Jackson was allegedly being accused of practicing witchcraft in the village he was staying with Rhodgers in Neno.

“In 2009, the uncle decided to take the boy back to his (Jackson’s) biological parents in Ntcheu. Upon reaching the district, the suspect failed to locate the whereabouts of the child’s father and just abandoned the boy in Ntcheu without any guardian and went back to Neno,” Kaliati said.

He further said that after some months, rumors started circulating in the village that the child was not left in Ntcheu but he was killed by the uncle.

“The matter was then reported to Matope Police roadblock where enquiries started and upon hearing this, the suspect fled his home and was nowhere to be found,” said Kaliati adding that Rhodgers resurfaced this year.

According to the Police PRO, the suspect was arrested by members of the public and was brought to Neno Police on 20 May and is still in police custody pending further investigations.

Rhodgers comes from George Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Symon in Neno.

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5 years ago

but remember that no evidence no case. the state through police prosecutor must provide facts to prove the case beyond reasonable dought in a court of law. so if the arrest was made based on suspicion that’s bad. the same community will stone the police if the accussed is left free by the court due to poor evidence. please investigate the matter first otherwise mmmmmmmmmmm.

Zander mutiuze
5 years ago

Its has taken 8 years to find a murder. But they can not find who killed Nyaunji and Chasowa. WHY? Because this case is connected to political. Both case happened during DDP ruling. Nyaunji did not die because he was robbed bit jacked by someone who he was going to review of corruption. He died because he was doing The right thing for hos nationMalawians are living in fear, working in fear just like dictatorship. Democracy is a name only. As long as Malawi is ruled by DDP it Will continue be this way. DDP is using roads they are… Read more »

NIB Survailance
NIB Survailance
5 years ago

Was the body found, or was it just rumoured that the boy was killed. IS THERE EVIDENCE?

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