Police in Likoma have arrested a 39-year old man for allegedly burning both hands of his 4-year old stepson over relish.
The suspect has been identified as Nelson Kauka, a motorcycle taxi operator of Kanyenda village ,Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota.
It is said that the victim, on Friday, went into the house and ate all relish (fish) which was kept for lunch.
Upon noticing this, the suspect asked the victim who admitted to have eaten the relish because he was not given breakfast.
This angered the suspect who finally tied the victim’s both hands with a wire and placed them on a charcoal burner.
The victim sustained severe burns on both hands.
Neighbours heard the victim’s cry and rushed to the house where they found the boy in deep agony due to severe burns and they eventually rescued him.
Likoma Police officers rushed to the scene to confirm and they arrested the suspect.
The victim was taken to St Peters Hospital for treatment.
Kauka has been charged with acts intended to cause grievous harm which is contrary to Section 235(a) of Penal code.
He will appear before court soon when investigations are completed.
Sub Inspector Mcliff Ngulube
Likoma Police Station Public Relations Officer