By Draxon Maloya
The Kasungu First Grade Magistrate Court has sent to a three year jail term Hickson Banda, 26 for forcing his 3 year old step daughter to eat feaces.
According to Kasungu Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Sergeant, Miracle Mikozi, upon e matter being reported to police the accused person was taken to court.
During court proceedings the state prosecutor, Sergeant Bonex Banda told the court that, “on April 22, 2020 Lekeleni Banda who is the mother of the child left the daughter with her step father and went to the maize mill.
“Whilst the mother was at the maize mill, the child defaecated, a thing which Hickson Banda got annoyed with, and then he forced the child eat her own feaces,
“Upon returning from the maize mill, the mother found her daughter with feaces on her mouth and after asking her the child revealed that it was her step father who had forced her to eat feaces,” Mikozi said.
Appearing before court, Banda pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawfully administering of poison contrary to section 240 of the penal code.
And during submission, the prosecutor, Sergeant Bonex Banda described the convict’s behaviour as wicked and inhuman.
He also wondered, as to how could a sane person do such a thing to a child under his care, then prayed for a stiffer sentence on Banda for other would be offenders to learn a lesson and deter from committing the same crime.
Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Damiano Banda concurred with the state request to mate stiff sentence on Hickson Banda. Damiano Banda described Hickson Banda’s behaviour as strange and a threat to the society. He then slapped him with three years jail term.
Banda hails from Kwengwere village, traditional authority Mwase in Kasungu District