2 Jailed for Selling a Human Being
A Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court in Mangochi on Thursday, 4th November 2021, convicted and sentenced two men to 12 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for offering for sale a 4-year-old boy.
The court heard through the State Prosecutor, Sub Inspector Blessings Madikhula, that Rafick Anussa, 41, and Anusa Wilson, 21, last month of October, approached Mr. Jawadu Bernard, a well-known businessman at Namwera Trading Centre, that they sell human beings and bones.
Sub Inspector Madikhula said Jawadu told the two to bring a human being at a later date before informing the Police about the development.
“At the afternoon of October 6, 2021, the two brought a 4-year-old boy to Jawadu at a price of K500,000.00,” explained Madikhula in court.
“But Jawadu lied to them that he was running out of cash and also wanted to hire a motor vehicle for easy movements and agreed that the two should take the boy to a nearby bush where the deal would be finalized,” added Sub Inspector Madikhula.
He said Jawadu then sneaked out and alerted the police who went together with him to the said place where the suspects were immediately arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking in persons, and offering for sale a human being.
Appearing in court, both accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the state paraded four witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.
In mitigation, they asked for leniency, saying that they are breadwinners to their old parents, but prosecutor Madikhula reminded the court that the convicts deprived human dignity and also put the life of the innocent child at risk, hence prayed for a stiffer sentence.
Passing judgement, Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe, concurred with the state and sentenced each of them to 11 years for trafficking in persons and 12-years in jail for offering for sale a human being, but sentences to run concurrently.
All the convicts hail from Sailesi village Traditional Authority Katuli in the same district.