State to appeal on no case to answer judgment on child molester

The state says it will appear a magistrate’s court judgment which found no case to answer on a businessman who was accused of assaulting a 14-year boy in Ntcheu.
The Director of Public Prosecution Dr Steve Kayuni has confirmed the state will file an appeal against a ruling by Ntcheu Senior Resident Magistrate Joshua Nkhono  who acquitted Vincent Dzimadzi on charges of an act intended to cause grievous harm.

Vincent Dzimadzi swinging a boy
Dzimadzi was arrested in  October last year on allegations that he tied a  14-year-old boy and assaulted  him with intent to cause grievous harm in Gochi Village in Ntcheu.
However, Senior Resident Magistrate Nkhono acquitted the accused on Friday, saying the state failed to prove its case.
But Kayuni  said the state has analyzed the ruling and that it will be filing the appeal in the high court.
“We have read and analyzed the ruling .We will be filing an appeal because we believe that the protection of children should be given utmost attention.” Kayuni said.
Meanwhile Memory Chisenga,  Advocacy, Media and Public Relations officer for Eye of the child  described the ruling as shocking, saying in Malawi it is very difficult to find justice in cases of child abuse.
“As far as we are concerned, there was physical abuse and that matter must be treated as such.
“We all saw the child being thrown down and being beaten up.
“We are joking a lot when it comes to child protection, we are giving these cases to a magistrate who might not look at these cases as a priority,” Chisenga said.

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