Thursday, June 25, 2015
The suspected albino seller jailed 10 years
THE Nzega district resident magistrate court in Tabora region has sentenced to 10 years imprisonment one Masdanja Mwinamila (44) a resident of Ugembe village after having found him guilty of selling his sister’s child who suffers from albinism. Reading the sentence before the court, magistrate Salad Nana said that, due to the plea of an offence that the accused entered once the accusations were read before him, the court has ruled over him 10 year imprisonment. Earlier, the police prosecutor told the court that on June 15th this month at around 21:00 hours at night, the accused who is a peasant at Ugembe village was arrested by the police after a good Samaritan tipped off the police that the suspect was looking for a customer to who could buy a child. He told the court that Masanja had planned to sell an albino child Magreth Hamissi (6) for Sh. 90 million. The police prosecutor added that, due to the spiraling cases of albino killings in the country asked the court to impose a severe punishment to the suspect to deter others who are fond of such malpractices. Before the judgment was passed, the court gave the accused time to defend himself whereby the accused pleaded for a lesser severe punishment because he is suffering from AIDS disease and that he has a number of dependants in his family. However, the court did not have time to listen to his grievances whatsoever except he was compelled to go to prison to start his life by serving such a long term sentence.