A man in Dowa has been jailed after he was found guilty of selling a child at the price of K0.9 million.
The man identified as 22 year-old Julius Nanthambwe has been sentenced to 8 years in prison with hard labour for the offence of kidnaping or abducting in order to murder contrary to section 261 of the penal code.
According to Malawi News Agency, Nanthambwe told a businessman at Dowa Boma that he had boy for sell but the trader reported the abductor to Dowa Police.
One officer pretended to be a buyer from Lilongwe and told the abductor to meet with him at Dowa Boma.
The convict cheated the boy that they should go to Dowa Boma to repair a phone.
He then later offered the boy for sale at the price of K900, 000 but the officer arrested him.
First grade magistrate Emulani Phiri sentenced Nanthambwe to 8years IHL to deter other would be offenders.
The magistrate said: “If the police officer was a serious buyer that means the boy would have been killed or something serious could have happened to him. This is a bad development which needs to be stopped.”
The convict comes from Nambelele Village T/A Msakambewa in the same district.