Chipata man jailed seven years for manslaughter

By Staff Reporter

The Chipata High Court has sentenced a man of Sinda district to seven years imprisonment with hard labour for manslaughter.

Before judge Mwape Bowa was Ezekiel Phiri, who was firs charged with miurder but the charge was later reduced to manslaughter.

According to evidence presented in court, Phiri caused the death of his wife Midya on November 2, 2016 in Sinda district after assaulting her on suspicion that she had an affair with another man.

Midya who suffered internal injuries later died at St Francis Mission Hospital in Katete on November 6 the same year.

In mitigation, senior Legal Aid counsel, John Phiri who represented the convict asked the court to exercise leniency as he was a first offender who readily admitted the offence.

He said Phiri, who had two children was remorseful for causing the death of his wife.

And in passing judgement, judge Bowa said the court had taken into consideration the mitigation presented before it through Phiri’s lawyer.

Judge Bowa however observed that cases of gender based violence were on an increase in the country.

He said the court had stepped in to deter would be offenders, and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment with hard labour, with effect from the day of his arrest.