Teacher Jailed for Stabbing Ex-Wife

Teacher Jailed for Stabbing Ex-Wife

Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate's court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced, Dickson Lanjesi, 27, a teacher at Mtamila full primary School, for seriously injuring his ex-wife after stabbing her with a knife.

Police Prosecutor, Sub Inspector Emmanuel Kambwiri, told the court that the two divorced in December 2020.

According to sub–Inspector Kambwiri, it seems the man didn't accept the development and started sending intimidating messages to the ex-wife who is also a teacher at another government owned primary school.

He said the development continued to the extent that in March 2021, they were counseled at Mangochi Police Victim Support Unit, for the same, after the woman lodged a complaint and Lanjesi, promised to change his behavior during the session.

However, despite the counseling, Lanjesi did not change as promised, according to Kambwiri, as he went on to visit the ex-wife without her knowledge.

"On this day, he found her sitting on the veranda and immediately produced a knife and stabbed her on the neck before he escaped," explained the state prosecutor.

He told the court that the victim was rushed to Mangochi District Hospital where she battled for her life for 2 months.

Appearing in court, the accused person who was arrested by police days after the incident, pleaded guilty to the charges of intimidation and acts intended to cause grievous harm contrary to Sections 88 and 235 of the Penal Code, respectively.

In his mitigation, Lanjesi asked for the court's leniency saying that he was a teacher and his career would be ruined if sent to prison.

But state objected his plea, justifying that his intentions were evil and could have cost an innocent person's life hence, he deserved a custodial sentence.

Passing judgement, Senior Resident Magistrate Joshua Nkhono, concurred with the state and sentenced him to 18 months for the first count of intimidation and 36 months imprisonment with hard labor for the second count, both sentences to run concurrently.

Dickson Lanjesi hails from Chimpini village in the area of Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba district.

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