By Amina Tepani Daudi

The Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court on February 21, 2024 convicted and sentenced Martha Victor, 32, to three years imprisonment with hard labor for injuring her 4-year-old stepson because he urinated in their house.

According to Prosecutor Sub Inspector Ted Namaona, the convict married the victim’s father four years ago and found the victim as her husband’s only child. The husband, who works in Chiradzulu, visits his family every fortnight.

During his recent visit on February 16, 2024, the husband found his son in agony with a swollen face, black eyes, and bruises on both hands.

Namaona stated that upon questioning, the victim revealed that his stepmother had been mistreating him whenever the father was away. The previous day, he was assaulted and pushed against a wall for urinating inside the house, resulting in his injuries.

The incident was reported to the police, and the victim was issued a referral letter to Mangochi District Hospital.

In court, Martha pleaded guilty to the charge of acts intended to cause grievous harm and requested leniency, citing her own 3-year-old child would suffer if she were imprisoned.

In his submission, Prosecutor Namaona argued that Martha’s behavior endangered an innocent child’s life and pleaded for a custodial sentence.

Senior Resident Magistrate Muhammad Chande concurred with the state and sentenced Martha to three years imprisonment with hard labor.

She hails from Mtalika village, Sub Traditional Authority Chiponde in Mangochi.

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