Mother Jailed For Burning Son’s Hands For Being Fond Of Step-Father

A 22-year-old lactating mother has been slapped with two and half years jail term by Machinga Second Grade Magistrate Court for dousing her six year old son with hot water for being in good terms with her divorced husband.

Beatrice Ojesi was arrested in November 2015 after being accused of burning her son’s legs and arms
for spending most of his times with his step father whom she divorced.

Ojesi was pregnant by the time of the incident in November 2015 and was given time by court to deliver.

And the court this week jailed her on the charge of Committing an Act Intended to Cause Grievous Harm contrary to Section 235 (A) of the Penal Code.

The court heard that the boy was in good terms with his step father such that after divorce the boy still visited him, which did not please the mother because the boy sometimes refused to eat her food as he had already taken food at his step father’s home, according to the police prosecuting team.

Ojesi pleaded guilty to the charges and in mitigation she asked the court to consider her a non custodial
sentence because she has a six year old baby currently breast fed.

“I wanted to discipline the boy,” she told the court the reason for burning the boy’s legs and arms.

Second Grade Magistrate Maxwell Boasi condemned Ojesi’s action saying this was more that discipline.

Though she was first offender, the police however asked the court to give her stiffer penalty to deter others from committing similar offence. Medical results showed that the boy sustained burns on legs and arms and received medical treatment last year.

Ojesi comes from Mpita Village, Traditional Authority Chamba in Machinga.

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