Dedza First Grade Magistrate court has sentenced a couple to 8 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for human trafficking after selling their son at MK1.5 million to a Mozambican family.
On Thursday, the court heard that the man of the family identified as Jemitala Alfred, 23 a step father to the victim managed to convince his wife, Mary Benard, 30 to sell their 12 year old son to a Mozambican family.
Police prosecutor sub inspector Tedson Namaona told the court that in April this year, a Mozambican family came to Malawi to a certain witchdoctor to find out the cause of their child’s death back home in Mozambique and coincidentally Jemitala, was there too.
Namaona said, the witchdoctor who is on the run told the Mozambican family to come the following day after assuring them that their boy would resurrect and then Jemitala rushed home and told his step son to accept the particulars of the deceased in the presence of the Mozambicans which the son did.
The Mozambican family was charged K1.5 million which they paid, he added.
The two pleaded not guilty but the state paraded five witnesses who all testified against them.
They asked the court for leniency saying they did not know that they were committing an offence.
But passing the judgement, First Grade Magistrate, Symon Mwambo said the action of the couple was inhumane therefore the sentence should deter other would be offenders.
He therefore, sentenced each to eight years Imprisonment with Hard Labour.
Jemitala and his wife hail from Katsekaminga village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza.
Source: MANA Online