Malawian national jailed 30 months for assaulting his wife

By Staff Reporter

A CHIPATA Magistrate Philip Mpundu has sentenced a Malawian national to 30 months imprisonment for assaulting his wife.

Appearing before Magistrate Mpundu yesterday was Kemson Mbewe who stood charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Facts of the matter are that Mbewe did assault his wife Vuniwe Phiri on April 8, 2015 after he came back from the tobacco field.

The matter was reported to Chiparamba Police Post but Mbewe fled the country to Malawi and was only apprehended this year after a tip off from the members of the public.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted accordingly.

In mitigation, Mbewe said he was a first offender and had crops in the field which needed to be harvested.

In passing judgment, Magistrate Mpundu said Mbewe was not remorseful for his action and sentenced him to 30 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Mpundu has sentenced a man of Chipata district to 36 months imprisonment for burglary and theft.

Facts of the matter are that Dalitso Ngoma 19, did break into a house of Joseph Phiri at night on March 16, 2017 and stole a phone valued at K200.

Ngoma was apprehended by the Mr Phiri with the help of his two cousins and took him to Kapata Police Post.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted accordingly.

In mitigation, Ngoma said he was taking care of his disabled grandmother and was sorry for what he did.
In delivering judgement, Magistrate Mpundu said he had considered what he said in mitigation and sentenced him to 36 months imprisonment with hard labour.