Woman Fined for Burning Hands of Girls in Nsanje

One of the wounded girls One of the wounded girls - pic courtesy of police

Thyolo First Grade Magistrate, Kondani Chinangwa has sentenced Pilirian Damiano, 35, to pay K400, 000 for burning hands of two girls who stole three green maize cobs in her garden in Nsanje.

Thyolo Police state prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Felix Senzani, told the court on Tuesday that Damiano from Mathias Village, Traditional Authority Mlolo, caused grievous harm to the girls contrary to Section 235 of the Penal Code.

Damiano pleaded guilty to the offense arguing that the act was meant to punish them since they were habitual suspects.

Then prosecutor Senzani asked the court to mete out a stiffer punishment to the convict to serve as a lesson to others.

In mitigation, the convict prayed for a suspended sentence since she has a child who is less than a year and another aged 10, who would suffer once imprisoned.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Chinangwa has ordered her to pay the fine of which each of the two girls who are aged 12 and 14,  should be compensatd with K100, 000.

Currently, the convict has paid K300, 000 before being released to look for the balance.

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