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Public angry with lenient sentence on sodomy case

The sentencing of a 21-year-old man to 5 years imprisonment for sodomizing 4 boys has been met with public anger.

Boys between 10 to 17 years, were sodomized by a 21-year-old man in Dowa district from 2016 to 2020 and one of them contracted sexually transmitted infections.

The court learnt that Innocent Poita last committed the offence on November 25 at Muwende Village, T/A Chiwere where he used to invite the boys to his house during evenings to watch films and later sodomized them.

Poita pleaded guilty, but asked the court for leniency in mitigation on the basis that he looks after the orphans and is a bread winner in his family.

First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri then sentenced Poita to 5 years imprisonment.

But those that have commented through social media are expressing their frustration arguing that such sentences are encouraging other people to commit similar offences knowing they will get away with it.

Other critics are calling for a review of the judgment, insisting if lenient sentences are meted out to the offenders, the public would resort to mob justice.

Some, on the other hand believe the sentence is not stiffer because the victims are boys hence the need for the laws to be reviewed in order to accommodate male victims.


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