eight in police custody

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- The Lilongwe Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted and sentence eight men to six years in prison, after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kill a 21-year old living with albinism.

According to section 404 of the Penal Code, the offense of conspiracy to commit a felony, attracts a maximum sentence of 7 years.

The victim identified as Enelesi Nkhata met the fate in April 2016, at Madisi in the central district of Dowa.

The eight convicts are Lilongwe residents namely Jezmond Baluwa 40, Stevie Ching’ombe, Isaac Msambalume, Kaluzi Kamangeni, Damison Manyoni 56, Damiano Phiri 38 and McDonald Kanyerere 36.

According to Mponela Police publicist Kondwani Kandiado the Court heard that that it was Gerald Phiri (victim’s uncle) who was already slapped with a 17-year jail term by the Mponela Magistrates Court, who agreed with his friend, Medison Madzialenga to engage in selling bones of a person with albinism; upon hearing rumors that the bones fetched a lot of money.

Kandiado said the discussion prompted Phiri to go to Dedza to collect his niece Enelesi (the victim), who lived with her grandmother, since her parents were divorced.

The police publicist added that after coming from Dedza, Phiri, the girl’s uncle, agreed with the eight suspects from Lilongwe-Area 49 to come to Madisi in Dowa, where they killed the girl in cold blood.

In their mitigation, all the eight suspects blamed Satan for their evil act; they said they wanted to make money to venture into business, because they were all tired living in the dungeons of poverty.

They all pleaded with the Court for a lenient sentence; they said they had already over-stayed in prison, after being remanded in April, 2016.

Mponela Police Prosecutor, Isaac Kadawayula asked the Court to mete out a stiff sentence to the eight men. He said the murderous act was very evil and unwelcome in society. Therefore in his determination, Principal Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa, concurred with the State and described the suspects’ behavior as inhumane and against the prevailing norms of the society.

Magistrate Chirwa observed that people with albinism have a right to life, just like any other Malawian. Consequently, the Judge slapped the eight men with six years in prison with hard about, so as to deter would be offenders.


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