A police officer in Lilongwe, Malawi is to be in custody for another seven days to be investigated further on the charge of assaulting his wife.
The accused, Micheal Loga, appeared before the Senior Resident Magistrate Court in Lilongwe on Monday for bail application.
He was arrested for the offence of causing bodily harm which is contrary to section 254 of the penal code.
Upon his appearance in court, Loga, through his legal council was applying for bail following his arrest. The state however told the court that the police still have to make further investigations on the matter where Loga beat his wife to the extent where she ended up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The state believes that he has to remain in custody because he can influence witnesses including the wife.
He being a sub inspector in the Malawi Police Service is believed to have the capacity of influencing witnesses who are probably his juniors.
The defence however highlighted that the bail was not in any way going to give a chance to the accused to interfere with police investigations since he is a police officer who knows that he has to abide by the law.
It was also narrated in court that the accused has two children aged five and eight, who need his care and support.
However, giving his ruling Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Chiwotcha agreed with the state that the man must remain in custody as investigations are underway.
Chiwotcha insists that a husband and wife case such as this is unpredictable on how it will end bearing in mind that the wife can choose to drop charges due to influence.
He however indicated that the act was brutal where the wife was beaten up to the extent where she ended up in ICU.
He therefore granted the state its prayer that there be a seven day holding charge and the case returns to the Magistrates court on the 21st of this month.