Two years IHL for insulting albino wife
BY AUDREY KAPALAMULA:
The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court has sentenced 28-year-old Amos Musonkho to 24 months imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for uttering intimidating and insulting words to his wife with albinism.
Central Region Police deputy spokesperson, Jessica Mphasa, Sunday said Musonkho has been convicted for describing his wife as a “deal”.
Mphasa said the court, through State prosecutor Patricio Philimon, heard that in April 2018, the convict went home with a Mozambican friend and, in their conversation, referred the wife to as the “wanted deal”.
“Shockingly, the wife heard her husband telling his companion that ‘katundu uja ndi ameneyu [behold, the deal]’ in reference to her,” she said.
She added that, later in the same month, the wife heard the husband speaking on the phone and telling someone that everything had been finalised and that, the following night, the deal could materialise.
“The wife felt insecure and instantly rushed to Kanengo Police Station. The police arrested the husband five days later as he went missing.
He was then charged with intimidation, which is contrary to Section 88 subsections 1(a) of the Penal Code, and use of insulting words, contrary to Section 182 of the Penal Code,” Mphasa said.
When Musonkho appeared before the court, Mphasa said the State prayed for stiff punishment.
Passing the sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona found the words intimidating and insulting.
Yona has since convicted Msonkho to 24 months IHL.
Musonkho comes from M’biza Village, Traditional Authority Chikumbu, in Mulanje District.
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