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Court Slaps Woman With 12 Months Jail Sentence For Dumping Newly Born Baby In A Pit latrine

29 year-old Getrude Chimoyo has been sentenced by the Mkukula First Grade Magistrate Court in Dowa,Malawi to a 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for dumping her new-born baby in a pit latrine

Speaking to the court, Prosecutor Jolly Kamazilu stated that Chimoyo gave birth to a baby girl on August 31 2021 at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe after using a fake name and address.

He added that the convict thereafter sneaked out of the hospital and immediately wrapped the baby in a black plastic bag and dumped her in a pit latrine at Lilongwe Demonstration Primary School.

Later that day, the students of the school discovered the baby and informed Kanengo Police Station, who together with the school’s management, managed to rescue the baby.

Appearing before court, the convict pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against her.

First Grade Magistrate Thomson Midiasi sentenced the convict to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Chimoyo hails from Mwadenje Village in Traditional Authority Chimutu’s area in Lilongwe District.

According to her, she had no option but to dump the baby because she could not feed for herself and the child.

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