Court punishes Chadiza woman for calling another woman ‘prostitute’

A wife to a police officer in Chadiza District has been sentenced to one month community work for insulting and using abusive language on another woman.
Appearing before Chadiza Magistrate Fabian Likulunga was Precious Mwale (28) of Kamwala compound in Chadiza district charged with the offence of insulting Brenda Zulu of the same compound.
Facts given in court were that Mwale repeatedly insulted and called Zulu a prostitute because she had grabbed a mobile phone from Mwale’s husband for owing her K20, 000 for the beer he had drunk on credit.
And in passing judgment magistrate Likulunga said that he gets disappointed when wives of police officers exhibit bad behavior in communities just because their spouses are policemen.
Likulunga said he was compelled to slap a sentence on Mwale in order give a lesson to other women who feel that they cannot be touched by the law.
He said it becomes unfortunate when a woman finds it easy to insult a fellow woman in public.
In Mitigation Mwale asked for leniency adding that she was a first offender and was looking after three children who would suffer if she was jailed and that she had repented and would not commit a similar offence.
But Magistrate Likulunga sentenced Mwale to one month Community Service which includes cleaning around the court premises under close supervision for the whole period.
He said Mwale would only be allowed to go and breast feed her child at lunch hour and urged the husband to take care of the children at home when ever the wife was serving her sentence.
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