Mzuzu Senior Resident Magistrate Court has on Thursday sentenced an Indian National Anand Mandivar, to three months imprisonment for insulting Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson for the North, Happy Mhango. The sentence has however been suspended to three years. The Court heard on Wednesday 7 April 2021 that the convict called the HRDC leader a ‘dog’ at an Airtel Shop in Mzuzu on Tuesday 6 April 2021 when Mhango called him out for jumping a line at the shop. Mandivar pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for forgiveness from the court citing he will not offend anyone again. Mzuzu Police Prosecutor Superintendent Solomon Mchawi asked for appropriate punishment to the convict to so that he should change his mindset and act as a deterrent to other would-be offenders. Mhango (in black t-shirt) was called a ‘dog’ by the convict Giving his ruling on Thursday, Chief Resident Magistrate Godfrey Nyirenda gave a three months suspended sentence to Mandivar, but opted for fine as Mandivar is a first offender. Senior Resident Magistrate, Godfrey Nyirenda, has also ordered the convict to compensate the victim with K700,000. The Court started hearing the case on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, but adjourned the ruling to Thursday, April 8. Mandivar’s action is contrary to section 182 of the penal code. Sharing is Caring!
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