The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court has today sentenced a 26-year old woman to five years imprisonment with hard labour for burning her seven-year old son’s hands accusing him of stealing pigeon peas.
According to Lilongwe Police Station deputy spokesperson Foster Benjamin, the convict, Chifuniro Manda, on Friday September 17 2021, was found guilty of acts intended to cause grievous harm.
The court, through State Prosecutor Inspector Richard Kandeya, heard that Manda committed the crime on 24 August this year at Chinsapo 2 Township.
At the time she discovered that her seven-year old son had helped himself to the day’s relish.
She grabbed the child and placed both his hands on the burning charcoal, leaving him seriously burnt.
She pleaded guilty as charged, asking the court for forgiveness.
However, Inspector Kandeya prayed for a tough sentence saying what the convict had done was uncalled-for and inhumane.
In her determination, Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana said, as a mother, Manda was supposed to protect her child rather than burning and leaving him traumatised. Msekandiana said the sentence would deter other would-be offenders.
Manda hails from Kachule Village, Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza District.