Nkhunga First Grade Magistrate Court in Nkhotakota has sentenced a man to 30 months imprisonment with hard labour for stabbing a mad person suspected to be a bloodsucker.
According to Nkhotakota Police publicist, Sub Inspector Mickeas Chatsira on 2nd April, 2020 at around 11:30hrs, Village headman Chilubza called the police notifying them that a man has been stabbed by the villagers and was in a pool of blood.
The Nkhotakota Police PRO said the court heard that on the said date, the victim who is mentally challenged and was just loitering around in the village went to the house of the convict asking for a pot to cook his food.
He said this did not please the owner of the house and he went into his house and took a panga knife which he used to stab the intruder several times on his hands before calling the community that there is a blood sucker at his house.
Some members of the community came and continued with the assault until well-wishers rescued the victim.
The convict pleaded guilty to the charge of an act intended to cause grievous harm, contrary to section 235 of the penal code.
In submission, state prosecutor told the court that offenses of this nature are fast becoming rampant in Nkhotakota district and that innocent people’s lives are being lost at the expense of unfounded rumours of bloodsucking and he prayed for the court to give a custodial sentence in order to deter would be offenders.
In mitigation, David Banda blamed the devil for committing the crime and asked the court for leniency saying he looks after his family.
In his rulling, First Grade Magistrate Kingsley Buleya told the convict that he needed to think of his responsibilities before committing the crime.
He also concurred with the state that indeed cases of this nature are becoming common and he therefore sentenced David Banda to 30 months imprisonment with hard labour.