Senior resident magistrate Viva Nyimba yesterday convicted and sentenced three men to 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy to exhume a corpse of an albino in Chibade Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje.
The three are Thomas Ndini, 36, from Gladstone Village, 32-year-old Deziu Ogala from Sathawa Village and Enock Banda, aged 26, all from Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema’s area in Mulanje.
In passing judgement during a court sitting at Muloza Magistrate’s Court, Nyimba said the court exercised leniency because the conspiracy case attracts life imprisonment sentence.
The three were found guilty in the conspiracy case, contrary to section 131 (b) of the Penal Code against unlawful exhumation of human.
The three connived to unearth the body of Chosadziwa Kaunda, a 16 year-old albino girl who died in 2016 due to natural causes.
Kaunda’s remains were later buried at Chibade Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in the district. However, the convicts denied any involvement in the criminal act.
Evidence tendered in court by the prosecution suggested that on May 30th this year the deceased’s mother, Irene Moses, was notified by village head Chibade that unknown thugs had tampered with her daughter’s concrete tomb resulting into exhumation of Kaunda’s body.