A teacher has been sentenced to death in Tanzania for beating a pupil so badly that he died of his injuries.
Judge Lameck Mlacha said the teacher, Respicius Mtazangira, had acted maliciously when he repeatedly hit the child, Sperius Eradius, who had been accused of stealing a female teacher’s bag, with a blunt object last August.
News of the boy’s death at Kibeta Primary school in Bukoba town sparked national outrage and demands for justice. The family of Eradius refused to bury his body until the culprit was arrested.
His co-accused Heriet Gerald, the female teacher whose handbag the child was accused of stealing was not found guilty of committing an offence.