The Kapiri Magistrates court has sentenced Doreen Songwe, 34 of Matilyo compound to five years imprisonment with hard labour for burning the palms of her 6 year old biological daughter who went to pluck sweet potato leaves (Kalembula) from a neighbour’s garden.
Last week on Thursday, the minor plucked the Kalembula and in reaction the mother got a burning piece of charcoal and stuck it into the minor’s left hand thereby attracting harsh reaction from neighbours who reported the matter to police.
Songwe, a marketeer was apprehended the same day and brought to court yesterday where she pleaded guilty and convicted accordingly. According to facts read before a packed courtroom, Songwe did occassion actual bodily harm to her by placing hot charcoal in her left hand thereby leaving her with severe injuries, contrary to section 248 A of the penal code.
In mitigation, a remorseful Songwe said that she was a bread winner, first born in her family who was also taking care of other members and asked for leniency as she was a first offender but the Magistrate said that the offence she had committed was severe and was sending her to court to serve as deterrent to offenders.
She wept uncontrollably as she was being led to a holding cell before being transferred t Mukobeko prison in Kabwe.