In Malawi, the country’s High Court in Lilongwe is reviewing a court ruling by Magistrate Esther Phiri on a case where Samson Banda and Rosemary Nkhoma who were answering charges of causing grievance harm and possession of private parts belonging to Salim Ayidi 45.
According to local media reports, State is not satisfied with the judgement passed by the lower court.
Phiri, in December 2012, had sentenced Banda to 8years in prison with hard labour on the first count of causing grievance harm and had acquitted Nkohma on the same count.
She had however, fined the two K2000 on the second count of possessing private parts.
The Malawi high Court on January 11, started reviewing the case in Lilongwe.
Lilongwe’s central Regional Police Prosecution officer Stewart kaitano told local Journalists that court had called for documents for the case to review the sentencing.
“High court has called for review of the case. They are reviewing the sentences where the first defendant (Banda) was sentenced to 8 years for causing grievance harm and ordered to pay a fine of K2000, while the second accused (Nkhoma) was acquitted on the first count and fined K2000 on the second count. We are not part of the review process”, said Kaitano.
Banda and Nkhoma were arrested in April 2012 in connection with the mutilation of Ayidis private parts.
Nkhoma, a business woman had informed the Police that Banda was offering her private parts but Police later arrested her too as an accomplice.
The case was tranfered to Lilongwe after residents of Salima threatened bob justice on the two during the trial.