Police in Lilongwe have arrested Adini Peresi, 42, for allegedly killing his five-year old nephew to boost his business by using parts of the deceased in a witch-doctor-induced ritual.
Police say Peresi allegedly committed the crime in Mchesi Township in Lilongwe. Police have identified the deceased as Jamiru Peresi, a Standard One pupil at Mchesi Local Education Area (LEA) in theCapital City.
Confirming the incident, Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula said on Tuesday that Adini, who was arrested by Kawale Police officers, would be charged with murder, contrary to Section 209 of the Penal Code.
Dandaula said investigations reveal that the deceased, who was staying with his father, as his mother had temporarily gone to South Africa, went missing on August 22.
“Kawale Police discovered the boy’s dead body at his uncle’s house on August 23 and a post-mortem conducted at Kamuzu Central Hospital indicated that Jamiru died of severe head injuries,” said Dandaula.
The boy’s death has sent shockwaves to the Mchesi community, with some sympathisers agitating to effect vengeance on the alleged murderer.
By late Tuesday, burial of Jamiru’s remains awaited the return of his mother from South Africa. n