The Zomba Magistrate’s Court has convicted businessperson Jonathan Kapinga, 50, and his sister Anne, 49, of a child trafficking offence contrary to Section 79 of the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act.
The two were accused of buying a six-year-old boy from Jonathan Mukona and his wife Veronica Malikebu in Zomba in 2013.
Zomba Police spokesperson Patricia Sipiliano said the boy was sold at K3.5 million and has been missing since.
Delivering her judgment on Wednesday, senior resident magistrate Jean Kaira said she convicted the two after the court examined testimonies from witnesses paraded by both the State and defence.
Sipiliano said the prosecution proved beyond doubt that a business transaction took place following testimony by State witness Mukona who told the court that they sold the child at K3.5 million, but the buyer only paid K250 000.
She also said the magistrate considered testimonies of some defence witnesses who revealed in court that they knew nothing about the case and were instructed by the convicts what to say.
State prosecutor Dovico Makawa asked the court to hand the convicts a stiff sentence considering that the boy was still missing and it was not clear whether he is alive or not.
The court already convicted and sentenced Mukona and his wife to five and four years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) after they pleaded guilty to the offence of selling a child.