A 26yr old woman Siphiwe Mhone has been fined by the Nkhata Bay First Grade Magistrate court for unlawfully wounding a 21 year old woman Florence Chiumia.
Sgt. Keston Chiona who presided over the case as state prosecutor told the court that on September 3, 2016 at around 2300hrs, the convict was at one of the drinking joints at Nkhata Bay boma playing pool.
“While playing pool, miss Florence Chiumia who was also at the same place and accidentally stepped on the convict’s foot. This angered the convict and in no time she started assaulting her friend. She later broke a beer bottle and used its pieces to unlawfully wound the complainant. Due to this, the complainant sustained cut wounds on both of her legs and on her left arm”, said Ignatius Esau, Nkhata Bay relations officer.
The matter was reported to the police and the complainant was referred to Nkhata Bay district hospital for medication and Siphiwe Mhone was arrested and was charged with the offence of Unlawful wounding contrary to section 41 (a) of the penal code.
When she first appeared before Nkhata Bay FGM court, she pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against her. In its quest to find the guilty of the accused person, the state paraded two witnesses and on September 7, 2016, the accused person was found guilty and was consequently convicted to the charge of unlawful wounding.
In mitigation, the convict told the court that she pays for her younger sister’s school fees hence sending her to jail will jeopardise her school learning process.
First Grade Magistrate Anthony Banda when passing sentence noted that though the convict pleaded not guilty to the offence, but looking at the condition of the wounds the complainant sustained, it clearly indicates that the convict did not only plan for the act but also she used a sharp object.
He later sentenced the convict to pay a K50, 000.00 fine in default to serve 18 months jail term. The complainant and the convict comes from Mng’ona 1 and Kamoza villages under Traditional Authourity Mkumbira in Nkhata Bay district respectively.