Court rebuffs bail application for area 24 women

The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court has denied giving bail to three women from Area 24 who are answering charges of acts intended to cause grievous harm and that off insulting the modesty of a woman.

On Friday the Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate court continued hearing from the state on the case where the defense raised issues that the three women have been in custody for a month now and they deserved bail.

However the senior resident magistrate Paul Chiwotcha said among other reasons, the court has denied bail to three women because of factors of safety of the suspects.

Judge Chiwotcha has also given both the state and defense to come up with a strong position on the issue that the suspect want to change plea due to the other things which have constituted the case such as the fact that relatives of the suspects have been in talks with the family of the victim that they are willing to compensate the victim.

Speaking to YFM online defense lawyer Oscar Taulo said he could not indicate whether the ruling is proper or not but he could do so after reading the whole ruling.

In his remarks deputy director of civil and political rights at Malawi human rights Peter Mota told the court that it was important to note that when giving bail to someone the safety and protection of the accused should be guaranteed.

The court has since adjourned the case to 4th December 2017.

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