By Grecium Wanja Gama
The High Court sitting in Phalombe has sentenced a man and his wife to life and 25 years imprisonment respectively for having a hand in the murder of their child with albinism.
According to phalombe police public relations officer Innocent Moses the suspects, namely Humphrey Elia, 29, and Mary Nankhuku, 43, were found guilty after full trial on Friday.
“During proceesing, the court heard that the couple, on 6 July 2018 at Kotamu Trading Centre, offered for sale of their 12-year old son with albinism, Joseph Kachingwe”
“At the time, Elia followed up his stepson who was dancing at one of the village shops.”
“It is reported that Elia gave his stepson a poisoned fruit juice which he had bought from the shop in order to ease his murdering” moses explains
He added that it was also said in the court that the victim was taken to a graveyard within the area where he was murdered by Elia and other accomplices.
The assailants, thereafter, carried the body into an unregistered vehicle and drove off.
Police arrested Elia and his wife Nankhuku and they both admitted to the murder charge.
Prior to the sentense, the state prayed for a stiffer punishment for the couple saying murder is serious offence that attracts life imprisonment .
However the couple begged for court’s leniency.
Meanwhile, Passing sentence, the High Court Judge Justice Silvester Kalembera said that the couple were the threat to society hence deserving a stiffer penalty.
Justice Kalembera went on slapping Elia and Nankhuku with life imprisonment and 25 years imprisonment with hard labour respectively to deter other would- be- offenders.
The couple hails from Lungazi village under Traditional Authority Jenala in Phalombe district.