Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

Malawi: 12 Year Old Child Burnt for Eating Father's Rice Pudding

Mzuzu — A 32 year old man is in police custody in Mzuzu for allegedly burning the hands of his biological son in a hot frying pan for testing his rice pudding.

Confirming the incident in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Police spokesperson for Mzuzu Police, Sergeant Maurice Chapola said the suspect, Master Zulu, on 26 of July, 2013, found the victim testing his rice pudding which he had kept in the house.

When Zulu got home from where he went, he reportedly got furious after seeing that the child was eating his rice pudding. As a result, he got hold of him and put the boy's hands in a hot frying pan.

Chapola further said though the suspect and his wife concealed the matter, a patriotic citizen from Kang'ona residential area where the incident occurred reported the matter to the police who arrested the suspect.

The suspect has since been charged with the offence of intending to cause grievous body harm which is contrary to section 353 of the Penal Code which attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with hard labour.

During interrogation, the suspect said he burnt his son as a way of reforming him from his bad behaviour.

The suspect is expected to appear in the court soon to answer the charge of causing grievous bodily harm. The state is expected to tender a frying pan as an exhibit in the case. Zulu hails from Jenjewa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Zulu in Mchinji District.

In a related development, a 22 year old man is also in police custody in Mzuzu for allegedly breaking both arms of his wife using metal bars over a missing K2, 000 in their house.

According to Chapola, the suspect, Vincent Nguluwe on 26 July, 2013 lost his K2, 000 and started quizzing his wife who denied to have taken the money. This did not go down well with Nguluwe who got angry and started beating his wife using metal bars.

In the process, his wife had her both arms broken due to the beatings.

The suspect has since been charged with the offence of causing grievous body harm which is contrary to section 353 of the Penal Code and will appear in court soon.

Nguluwe hails from Samala Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mpherembe in Mzimba District.

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