IN THE HIGH COURT OF MALAWI
MISCELLANEOUS CRIMINAL CASE NO. 148 OF 2008
CORAM: THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE E. B. TWEA
Miss S Mapemba, Counsel for
Mr Chiwoni, Representing the Accused
S. P. Moyo Official Interpreter
R U L I N G
This is an application for bail. The applicant filed an
affidavit in support and also filed skeletal arguments. The State
an affidavit in opposition.
The facts as deponed are not seriously disputed.
It is deponed that the applicant and his father went out
for a drink. In the course of the drink they were allegations of
There are accusations and counter accusations as to
who was accusing the other. Be this as it may, it is clear that a
ensued which resulted in the applicant beating his father.
The deceased, who was the grandfather of the applicant,
came onto the scene. The applicant deponed that she joined the fight
she felt insulted by the applicant who married a foreigner.
The State deponed that she came in to restrain the applicant from
assaulting his father. Be this as it may, it is not disputed that
the applicant hit her with a pole on the forehead. When she
down he hit her again at the back of the head and she died from the
The applicant averred that he assaulted her in self
defence because the pole was brought by her.
From the evidence, it is clear that the applicant was
assaulting his father. It is also clear that the deceased came in,
to restrain the applicant from assaulting his father. The
affidavit evidence clearly shows that no one attacked the applicant
when he started hitting the deceased. It cannot therefore be
possibly true that all the villagers were attacking him. She did
do anything to provoke the applicant. As the mother and grandmother
of the deceased and applicant respectively, she was under
a duty, to
restrain the applicant from further assaulting his father.
Clearly the deceased sustained the fatal injuries at the
hands of the applicant. I agree with the State that it would not be
the interest of justice to release the applicant on bail.
Accordingly bail is denied.
Pronounced in Chambers
this 1st day of
July, 2008 at Blantyre.
E. B. Twea