The Lilongwe Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced a 38 -year-old woman, Ireen Chisulo Majiga for publishing false news likely to cause fear and alarm to the public.
The court through state prosecutor Humphreys Makhariha, heard that on March 15, this year the accused published false voice note about a certain suspect who is on remand answering a defilement case.
In his submission, Makhariha asked the court to impose a stiff sentence to Majiga, saying this tendency of false news publicity on social media is increasing and it brings unrest to the public.
Makhariha further told the court that in her voice note that went viral on social media, the woman claimed that the defiler had been released dubiously.
The Cyber-crime unit investigated the matter and arrested Majiga.
Passing the sentence, Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa concurred with the state and ordered Majiga to pay a fine of K50, 000.00 or in default to serve one month in jail with hard labour.
Appearing before court, Majiga pleaded guity to the charge levelled against her. Meanwhile, she has paid the fine.