By Foster Benjamin
A 37 year old woman in Chikwawa will spend the next 7 years in jail for griviously harming a co-wife’s house after torching her house.
The Makande Magistrates’ court sentenced the woman, Merita Saikonde on Thursday, after it found her guilty of Acts intended to cause grivious harm and Arson contrary to sections 235 and 337 of the Penal Code respectively.
Saikonde had accused her husband of not being supportive to her and her sick child.
At Utumbe in the middle of the night, Saikonde had sneaked and set ablaze the co-wife’s house but was seen by her sister in marriage.
The co-wife braved the inferno to rescue the two children who could have been burnt to death.
She in the process sustained severe burns and got treated at Ngabu Rural Hospital.
The attacker was later arrested at a nearby Nyasa village where she took refuge.
The Second Grade Magistrate Chiyembekezo Phri handed Saikonde 7 years for the first count and 5 years for the other count.
He said both sentences would run concurrently.
Saikonde hails from Utumbe village in the area of Senior Chief Ngabu in the district.