Two men get life sentences for killing person with albinism

Two men have been handed life sentences for the murder of a 54-year-old person with albinism in Nkhatabay.

The High Court sitting in Nkhata Bay has delivered the sentence against Frank Mkweni Khonje, 21, and Bonzo Chirwa, 54.

They killed Yasin Kwenda Phiri at his home on New Year’s Eve in 2018.

Kwenda Phiri was brutally murdered in his house at Kande in NkhataBay district, in the presence of his 9-year-old son.

The criminals broke into the house through the window and stabbed Phiri to death right in his bedroom. The boy who was sleeping in a separate room was warned not to shout.

The thugs then dragged Phiri’s body to a distance of about 20 metres where they chopped both his hands and heart.

The murderers further took Kwenda Phiri’s body and dumped it into a nearby bush.

Police in 2019 arrested seven suspects. In June last year, four of the suspects were found with a case to answer while the other three were acquitted. The four were Frank Kweni Khonje, Peter Phoya, Gwera Banda and Bonzo Chirwa.

In March this year, Judge Dorothy DeGabrielle who was hearing the case convicted Khonje and Chirwa while Phoya and Banda were acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence.

The convicts have been handed life sentences this morning by Justice Chimwemwe Kamowa.

Four to stand trial over murder of person with albinism

The Malawi Law Society described the murder of Phiri as “deeply shocking”  and “a huge step backwards in the fight against these ritual related gruesome murders”.

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