10 September 2016 Last updated at: 2:53 AM
Butchery owner jailed for selling dead body
A man who owns a butchery in Dedza has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling the dead body of a girl understood to be under the age of five.
Dedza Police spokesperson Cassim Manda identified the suspect as 29 year-old Henry Julio, a well-known businessman who owns a butchery at Chimbiya trading centre in the district.
The court heard through state prosecutor Patrick Chambuluka that Julio was arrested at a rest house while possessing a big travelling bag which contained the body of the child.
Chambuluka told the court that Julio was offering the body for sale and a possible buyer escaped during the arrest.
Julio was charged for possessing and offering for sale a human body contrary section 16 subsection (a) of Anatomy Act.
In court, after hearing from the defence and prosecutions sides, first grade magistrate Mwambo convicted Julio.
Before the sentence was passed, the state through Chambuluka prayed for a stiffer sentence saying the parents of the child are still mourning for their child while Julio through his counsel Kadzakumanja told the court that he is an orphan.
But the magistrate said the conduct and behaviour of the convict cannot be condoned hence he slapped him with a five year jail term.
Meanwhile, Manda has expressed satisfaction with the sentence saying it would deter would be offenders.
“Whether with counsel or without counsel, Malawi police should stick with justice no matter how far the case will take,” said Manda.
Julio hails from Nankumba village, Traditional Authority Kaphuka in Dedza.