Malawian man jailed for abducting his own son

The Magistrates Court in Blantyre on Friday sentenced to two months imprisonment wit hard labour (IHL) Biziwick Shadreck for abducting his own son last year.

Shadreck 42 years of age  from Maravi village T/A Ndamela in Nsanje but resides in Soche, Blantyre was arrested last week almost one year after committing the offence.

According to information presented in court, Shadreck in October last year took his son Daniel 7 years old to Nkhotakota without the knowledge of his wife.

While in Nkhotakota, Shadreck started sending conflicting SMSs stating that the son had died.

“In June this year the accused sent an SMS to his wife Lucy that their son had died, and when asked about funeral arrangement, he told the wife that due to transport problems, the burial will take place right there in Nkhotakota.

“Shadreck, however, a day after texted his wife’s neighbor, telling her that Daniel was alive. In the SMS he said Daniel went on coma but was fine then,” Police Prosecutor, Elton Chakhaza told the court.

Chakhaza said following the conflicting SMSs, the wife decided to go to Nkhotakota but while there she discovered that Shadreck had moved to Dedza where he was working with Nangaunozgenge Building Contractor.

“The wife reported the issue to police in Soche who conducted investigation and managed to relocate the son who was staying with Shadreck’s girlfriend in Dedza. Shadreck was arrested and charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace,” Chakhaza explained.

In mitigation, Shadreck asked the court for leniency sine he was first offender and that he was sorry for his conduct.

“I would like to apologize to my wife for what i did. I was not sure what i was doing since acted under influence of alcohol,” Shadreck said in mitigation.

But Second Grade Magistrate, Euphrasia Moyo said the conduct Shadreck could not be condoned basically for the trauma it caused to his family and he deserved custodial sentence.

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