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James Ngalande-Mana

Man commits suicide over land disputes

 

A 44-year-old man in Dowa has committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree over disagreements on land issues.

The man, Mackson Dickson from Chatsunda Village in the area of Traditional Authority Kayembe in the district, had a  long outstanding and unresolved dispute over a piece of farm land with people of Mdewa Village.

According to Mponela Police Station Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Mcpatson Msadala, Dickson, claimed that the land belonged to his brother who was in Mchinji while people of Mdewa Village claim it was their land.  

Msadala further said on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Dickson went and cut down a tree in the disputed farmland, but this did not please people of Mdewa who, in reaction, reported the matter to Chatsunda Village Headman.

The village headman set July 12, 2021 as the date for hearing of the case, however in the morning hours of the date Dickson was found dead.

The matter was then reported to Mbingwa Police Unit where Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police officers and medical personnel visited the scene. Postmortem conducted revealed that death was due to suffocation secondary to strangulation.

Steve Chirombo

Chikwawa man jailed 14 years for defilement

 

Chikwawa First Grade Magistrate Court on Monday convicted and sentenced 43-year-old Wonderford Thamalaka to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for defilement.

The court heard through Chikwawa Police Station Prosecutor, Sergeant Emmanuel Namarwa, that in April, 2021, Thamalaka had been indulging in sexual activities with a 12-year-old girl at Timbenawo Village in the district.

However, Thamalaka pleaded not guilty and denied the charge of defilement when he appeared before the court. 

The offence of defilement contravenes Section 138 of the Penal Code, as such, the state paraded four witnesses who testified against him.

In his submission, Namarwa prayed for a stiff custodial sentence to the accused considering that defilement is a serious crime.

Namarwa observed that cases of defilement in Chikwawa were on the rise, noting that a custodial sentence would deter other would-be offenders.

In mitigation, Thamalaka asked the court for a lenient sentence considering that he looks after his family besides paying school fees for his children who are in secondary school.

However, passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Gladstone Chirundu, concurred with the state on the need for a stiff penalty for Thamalaka and therefore, slapped him with a 14- year custodial sentence with hard labour.

 

Thamalaka hails from Sande Village in Traditional Authority Maseya in Chikwawa.

 

Man jailed 20 years for raping 91 year old

 

The Senior Resident Magistrates Court in Dowa has convicted and sentenced a 25-year-old man, Thokozani Andrew, to 20 years Imprisonment with Hard Labor (IHL) for raping a 91-year-old woman.

Dowa Police Public Relations Officer, Gladson M’bumpha, told Malawi News Agency (MANA) that the convict committed the crime on September 9, 2020 at Kapilinga Village in the district.
“On the particular day the victim went to Mkanganya Forest to collect charcoal remains but suddenly the convict appeared from behind, grabbed and raped her.

“However, the victim tried to shout but the convict shut up her mouth and grabbed her neck saying he will kill her if she dares shout,” M’bumpha said.

The survivor then reported the matter to relatives who followed the issue and found the convict at his house wearing the same short he had put on while raping the victim.

M’bumpha said the convict was arrested by community policing members, who took him to police while the victim was referred to Dowa District Hospital for examination and treatment.

According to M’bumpha, the convict pleaded not guilty during court hearing and this made the state to parade witnesses which led to his conviction.

“Appearing before court, the convict pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape contrary to section 133 of the Penal Code. This prompted the State to parade four witnesses, leading to his conviction,” said M’bumpha.

In its submission, the State asked the court to give out stiff punishment to the offender, saying the offence is serious in nature and that the victim is too old for the act.

Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Joana Kwatiwani concurred with the state’s submission for stiff punishment and sentenced the convict to 20 years IHL as a warning to others from committing similar offence.

Andrew comes from Kaziputa Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Msakambewa in Dowa.

Source: Andrew Khabwira, Mana

Kulinji Reporter

Chinese national arrested for indecent assault in Nkhata Bay

 

Police in Nkhata Bay District have arrested a 51-year-old Chen Shiliang, a Chinese national for allegedly harassing two women sexually at China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation (CCECC) which is implementing a water project in the district.

The women are Nellie Rashid, 24, from Machinga and Benezia Kadango, 26, from Dedza.

The two work in the company's cafeteria and reported that their boss, the chef  has been harassing them sexually by touching their buttocks and breasts while cooking, since May this year.

The matter was reported to the company's human resources manager, but Shiliang still did not change his behaviour. 

The matter was then reported to Nkhata Bay police who instituted investigations into the matter which led to the arrest of the suspect on June 28, 2021.

Shiliang has been charged with indecent assault.

Martha Pakula

Man jailed for wounding wife over K1,400

 

A 27 year old man in Dowa Evance Kachiputu has been convicted and sentenced to 42 months imprisonment with hard labor for wounding his 23 year old wife over K1,400 which she contributed to bank mkhonde.

The court through state prosecutor Sergeant Joseph Banda heard that the convict, on June 20 2021at Chiphika village in the district of Dowa unlawfully did grievious harm to her wife's left arm.

Appearing before court, the convict pleaded guilty to a charge of grievious harm contrary to section 238 of Penal Code.

In mitigation, the convict asked the court for leniency.

In his submission, state prosecutor Banda asked the court for stiff punishment, saying what the convict did was gender based violence.

Passing sentence First Grade Magistrate, Amran Phiri concurred with the state's submission for a stiff punishment hence sentenced him to 42 months imprisonment with hard labor as a warning to would be offenders.

Evance Kachiputu comes from Chiphika Village in area of Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa district

Martha Pakula

Man jailed for wounding wife over K1,400

 

A 27 year old man in Dowa Evance Kachiputu has been convicted and sentenced to 42 months imprisonment with hard labor for wounding his 23 year old wife over K1,400 which she contributed to bank mkhonde.

The court through state prosecutor Sergeant Joseph Banda heard that the convict, on June 20 2021at Chiphika village in the district of Dowa unlawfully did grievious harm to her wife's left arm.

Appearing before court, the convict pleaded guilty to a charge of grievious harm contrary to section 238 of Penal Code.

In mitigation, the convict asked the court for leniency.

In his submission, state prosecutor Banda asked the court for stiff punishment, saying what the convict did was gender based violence.

Passing sentence First Grade Magistrate, Amran Phiri concurred with the state's submission for a stiff punishment hence sentenced him to 42 months imprisonment with hard labor as a warning to would be offenders.

Evance Kachiputu comes from Chiphika Village in area of Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa district

Mirriam Singini

Traditional Authority Makuta of Nkhotakota dies

 

The Ministry of Local Government regrets to announce the death of Traditional Authority (T/A) Makuta of Nkhotakota District.

T/A Makuta, born Shalimu Alumaza , died on Monday, 14th June, 2021 at his home in Nkhotakota after a battle with Pneumonia. 

The Chief was born on 12th August 1922 and served as Group Village Head Makuta before being elevated as Traditional Authority Makuta on 8th October 2016.

He is survived by a wife, 10 children and 55 grandchildren.

Burial of the remains of the departed T/A shall take place on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021 at his Makuta Headquarters in Nkhotakota. 

May the soul of Traditional Authority Makuta rest in peace.

Mirriam Singini

Man jailed 24 months IHL for abduction, defilement

 

The Senior Resident Magistrate's Court in Dowa has convicted and sentenced a 32-year-old man to 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for the offences of child abduction and defilement.

The court through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Ezara Bakili heard that the convict Masautso Mc Joy between the months of July to October 2020 at Chikusa Village in Dowa District abducted a 17-year-old girl child to his home without the consent from her parents.

The court further learnt that the convict and the victim were in a love affair almost a year and in course of their courtship, it was found that the girl was pregnant since she was in Standard 8 and this happened due to closure of school because of Covid-19 pandemic.

After the re-opening of schools, the girl refused to go back to school after she discovered that she was pregnant and it was her mother who applied pressure on her to sit for Standard examinations without having knowledge that her daughter was pregnant.

State prosecutor Sub Inspector Ezara Bakili further told the court that after sitting for her examinations, it is when the convict abducted her to his home where the two started living as a family.

Later, a rumour broke that the girl was married and this prompted the girl's parents to withdraw her from the marriage, but two days later, the girl went back to the convict's house and this is when it was realized that she was expectant.

This led to the arrest of accused person and was cautioned and formally charge with abduction and defilement which he voluntarily admitted.

Appearing before court, the convict pleaded guilty to two charges of abduction and defilement contrary to Section 78 and 138 of the Penal Code respectively.

In mitigation, the convict asked the court for lenient sentence, saying he takes care of his old mother.

However, in his submission, state prosecutor Sub Inspector Ezara Bakili asked the court to mete out a stiff punishment to the accused person though he is a first offender.

Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Cecilia Onsewa concurred with the state's submission and sentenced the convict to 24 months IHL for the count of defilement and 18 months IHL for abduction.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Masautso Mc Joy comes from Kamkosi Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa District.

Mirriam Singini

Man gets 18 months jail term for stealing sheep

 

A 25-year-old man in Dowa District has been convicted and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a sheep.

The court identified the man as Petro Buleya from Mtanda Village in the area of Traditional Authority Msakambewa in Dowa District.

The Dowa First Grade Magistrate's Court through state prosecutor Sergeant Joseph Banda heard that the convict Petro Buleya on May 31 2021 at Mtanda Village in the district of Dowa stole one sheep valued at K60, 000.00 belonging to White Majamanda.

Appearing before court, the convict pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft of cattle contrary to Section 281 of the Penal Code.

This prompted the state to parade three witnesses, leading to his conviction.

In mitigation, the convict asked the court for lenient sentence.

Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri concurred with the state's submission for a stiff punishment hence sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour as a warning to other would-be offenders.

Mirriam Singini

Two drivers fined for causing death by reckless driving in Lumbadzi

 

The Mkukula First Grade Magistrate's Court on Monday, June 7, 2021 convicted and sentenced a 40 year-old driver, Khumbo Matthews Kalulu, to pay K400, 000 fine or in default to serve one year imprisonment with hard labour for causing death by reckless driving.

The court through state prosecutor, Inspector Aufi Ali, heard that on March 11, 2021, Kalulu was driving Honda Step Wagon registration number KK 8609 from Lumbadzi heading to Kanengo in Lilongwe.

Inspector Ali further told the court that, upon arrival at Central Poultry near Madonna Foundation along Lilongwe - Kasungu M1 Road, Kalulu hit three female pedestrians who were crossing the road.

The three were rushed to St. Luke Daeyang Hospital where upon arrival one Magret Kaimila was pronounced dead due to severe head injuries while the other two pedestrians sustained minor injuries.

Appearing before the court, Kalulu pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death by reckless driving contrary to Section 126 (4c) of the Road Traffic Act.

Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Cecilia Onsewa ordered Kalulu to pay K400, 000 fine or in default to serve one year imprisonment with hard labour. He further ordered that K100, 000 should go to the bereaved family as compensation.

Additionally, the court ordered him to pay K80, 000 and K50, 000 as compensation to Anna Gongweya and Teleza Richard respectively who sustained minor injuries during the accident.

In a related development, the same court has convicted and sentenced a 33-year -old female driver, Misozi Kankhande Bonongwe to pay K300, 000 fine for similar offence.

The court ordered that K100, 000 should be compensated to the deceased's family.

Meanwhile, both convicts have since paid the fines to escape jail terms.

Kalulu comes from Gomba Village, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota while Misozi hails from Chantulo Village, Traditional Authority Nankhumba in Mangochi district.

Police in Lumbadzi are therefore appealing to all road users including motorists to adhere to road safety regulations to avoid similar accidents.

 

Mirriam Singini

British National commits suicide in Mangochi

 

A 70-year-old British National identified as David Henry Graves has died after hanging himself with a rope to a roof in the kitchen.

The incident occurred on the wee hours of June 7, 2021 at Michesi Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.

According to the deceased's wife, Jane Rex, 34, in the afternoon of June 6, 2021 as usual she went out for drinking with friends and left the husband at home.

She came back totally drunk in the wee hours of the next day and went straight to bed, but was awaken by their son in the morning who informed her that he saw his father hanging to the roof of the kitchen.

The wife rushed to the kitchen where she found her husband lifeless. 

After checking her phone, she found a suicide message which was sent to her by her husband before taking his own life.

According to the suicide note, the British National was complaining about his wife's tendency of going out frequently leaving him at home alone and he felt neglected.

"Darling, my true love being out drinking and coming late appears to be more important to you than any promise you made to me, it seems that you respect a bottle of beer more than you respect me.

 One cannot trust anything that you promised me anymore, we won't be able to discuss this as that's when sunami jane appears. I can't just leave this way," reads part of the suicide note.

The matter was reported at Koche Police Unit who rushed to the scene and took the dead body to Koche Health Centre where suffocation has been indicated as the cause of death.

Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to convey the dead body to Lilongwe area 18 cemetery where burial will take place.

Police are therefore appealing to the public to refrain from taking their own lives whenever they face challenges in life. They should rather seek help or talk to someone about it.

David Henry Graves hailed from United Kingdom.

Mirriam Singini

Man dies after shop caught fire

 

A 24 year old man has died in Nkhotakota after a shop he was guarding caught fire.

Nkhunga Police publicist, Thandiwe Maseko, identified the deceased as Emmanuel Gamzani who hailed from Zangawekha Village in Traditional Authority Kanyenda's area in the district.

The incident happened on June 5, 2021 at Ngala Trading Centre when the area had experienced electricity blackout.

She said when the deceased entered the shop, he had lit a candle and forgot to put it out when sleeping and it accidentally fell on some items in the shop which led to the shop catching fire.

Postmortem results indicate that the death was due to suffocation secondary to burnt wounds.

Mirriam Singini

Father gets 21 years IHL for defiling own daughter

 

Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate's court has sentenced Henderson Makasu (37) to 21 year’s imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling his own 15-year-old biological daughter.

The court through state prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Evelyn Ntenje of Zomba Police Station told the court that in the year 2017 -2020, the accused had been sleeping with her daughter, while the wife was out for work.

In 2020, the victim was pregnant but she miscarried.

After she sensed danger, the victim ran away to her boyfriend where she disclosed the issue and reported it to police.

The suspect was apprehended by the police after investigations.

Appearing before court, Makasu pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

This prompted the State to parade four witnesses who testified against him to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In mitigation, Makasu asked for court's leniency arguing that he is a bread winner.

In his submission, Ntenje prayed to the court for a stiff sentence and said the accused had a responsibility to look after the victim, but chose to violate his responsibility.

She added that defilement cases are becoming rampant in the country.

Passing sentence Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe, concurred with the state about the seriousness of the offence, hence sentenced Makasu to 21years imprisonment with hard labour.

Makasu comes from Mbengule village, Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba District.

Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate's court has sentenced Henderson Makasu (37) to 21 year’s imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling his own 15-year-old biological daughter.

The court through state prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Evelyn Ntenje of Zomba Police Station told the court that in the year 2017 -2020, the accused had been sleeping with her daughter, while the wife was out for work.

In 2020, the victim was pregnant but she miscarried.

After she sensed danger, the victim ran away to her boyfriend where she disclosed the issue and reported it to police.

The suspect was apprehended by the police after investigations.

Appearing before court, Makasu pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

This prompted the State to parade four witnesses who testified against him to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In mitigation, Makasu asked for court's leniency arguing that he is a bread winner.

In his submission, Ntenje prayed to the court for a stiff sentence and said the accused had a responsibility to look after the victim, but chose to violate his responsibility.

She added that defilement cases are becoming rampant in the country.

Passing sentence Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe, concurred with the state about the seriousness of the offence, hence sentenced Makasu to 21years imprisonment with hard labour.

Makasu comes from Mbengule village, Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba District.

Mirriam Singini

Father arrested for defiling biological daughters in Kawale

 

Kawale Police in Lilongwe has arrested a 73 year old father for defiling his three biological daughters aged between 5 and 12.

The suspect, Malison Phiri, was on the run until June 3, 2021 when he was arrested by Area 23 Police unit in Lilongwe.

It is reported that on June 1, 2021, the suspect was with his three daughters at home and he invited them to his bedroom where he defiled them, one after another.

After the traumatic incident, the girls revealed everything to their mother who immediately alerted the Police.

Referral letters were issued and confirmation was made by Kamuzu Central Hospital that the three girls were sexually assaulted.

Phiri hails from Malendewa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa District.

Kawale Police in Lilongwe has arrested a 73 year old father for defiling his three biological daughters aged between 5 and 12.

The suspect, Malison Phiri, was on the run until June 3, 2021 when he was arrested by Area 23 Police unit in Lilongwe.

It is reported that on June 1, 2021, the suspect was with his three daughters at home and he invited them to his bedroom where he defiled them, one after another.

After the traumatic incident, the girls revealed everything to their mother who immediately alerted the Police.

Referral letters were issued and confirmation was made by Kamuzu Central Hospital that the three girls were sexually assaulted.

Phiri hails from Malendewa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa District.

Mirriam Singini

Man sentenced 6 years for defiling a 10-year old girl

 

 

The First Grade Magistrate's court, in Rumphi has convicted and sentenced a 67 year old man, Goodwin Mwale to six years imprisonment for defiling a 10 year old girl which is against section 138 of the Penal Code.

Rumphi Police Station prosecutor, Sub Inspector Andrew Singini told the court that Mwale committed the offence on March 19, 2021, at Kasenga area in Rumphi.

Singini further told the court that, on the material day, the victim was sent on an errand to buy tomatoes at Kasenga mini-market where she met her fate as she was on her way back home where she met Mwale who coaxed her to his house and upon reaching there, Mwale dragged the victim into his kitchen where he undressed the girl and defiled her.

Abruptly, a certain man identified as Njekuwa Phiri came inside the kitchen where he wanted to discuss their own issues but, was surprised seeing the victim in the said kitchen.

Upon being quizzed, she revealed to have been defiled by Mwale and the matter was immediately reported to the victim's mother who later reported the issue at Rumphi Police Station.

Police referred the victim to Rumphi District Hospital where medical examination revealed that the girl had been defiled lnater, Mwale was arrested and charged with defilement.

Appearing before First Grade Magistrate Radson Gamariel, Mwale pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him and forced the state to parade four witnesses who testified against him and was found guilty.

In submission, Singini prayed for meaningful sentence to teach him and deter other would be offenders saying, defilement cases are on the rise in the district.

In mitigation, Mwale asked court to consider him as he is aged, saying, he cannot survive harsh environment and added that he had no any criminal record apart from the current one.

Passing sentence, Radson Gamariel concurred with state's submissions.

However, Gamariel considered Mwale's mitigation on his age and slapped him with a 6 years jail term.

Mwale comes from Chakhaza village under Traditional Authority in Dowa district.

Martha Pakula

Convicted for buying farm produce using uncertified weighing scales in Dowa

 

Dowa First Grade Magistrate's Court on Saturday, May 22, 2021 convicted and sentenced six people to pay K60, 000 fine each or in default to serve 2 months imprisonment with hard labor for buying farm produce using uncertified weighing scales.

The court through state prosecutor, Inspector Christopher Daluni, heard that the convicts Langton John, 36, Kondwani Giniva, 36, Ganizani Yohane, 28, Mabvuto Katengeza, 42, Snedi Jeffrey, 26, Mbedze James, 27 and Lambat Mukiza, 24, were arrested between May 19 to May 21, 2021 in various trading centers in Dowa District after they were found buying farm produce mainly Soya beans and groundnuts using uncertified weighing scales.

Appearing before court, the convicts pleaded guilty to the charges of buying farm produce using uncertified weighing scales contrary to Section 21 of the Malawi Bureau of Standards.

In his submission, state prosecutor, Inspector Christopher Daluni, pleaded with the court to pass a stiff punishment to the offenders, saying the convicts defied government orders on farm gate prices hence the need for a stiff punishment to send as a warning to other would-be offenders.

Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri, concurred with the state's submission and sentenced each convict to pay a fine of K60,000.00 or in default to serve 2 months imprisonment with hard labor.

The convicts have since paid the fines while the weighing scales have been forfeited to the Malawi Government.

All the convicts come from Dowa District.

 

Mirriam Singini

Three people fined for possessing forest produce in Dowa

 

Three people in Dowa have been ordered to pay fines for being found in possession of forest produce without permit and trafficking forest produce.

Dowa first grade magistrate court through state prosecutor inspector Christopher Daluni heard that Wilson Tambala, 32 and Bisalomu Steven, 24, were arrested for being found in possession of forest produce especially charcoal without a permit whilst Charles Chitembeya, 46, was arrested for trafficking forest produce (charcoal) without a permit at Dowa Turn off Roadblock.

Appearing before court, the convicts pleaded guilty to charges of being found in possession of forest produce without produce pleaded guilty to charges of being found in possession of forest produce without a permit and trafficking forest produce.

In his submission state prosecutor inspector Daluni pleaded with the court for a stiff punishment, saying natural resources like trees are being destroyed hence affecting climate change.

Passing statement, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri concurred with the state’s submission and warned the convicts not to traffick forest produce again.

He then fined Tambala and Steven to pay a fine of K150, 000.00 each or in default serve eight months imprisonment with hard labour while Chitembeya has been ordered to pay a fine of K350, 000.00 or in default serve 10 months imprisonment with hard labour.

The Convicts have since paid the fines and the charcoal has been forfeited to the Malawi Government.

Tambala comes from Kabudula Village in Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe, Steven is from Mtuwa Village in Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu whilst Chitembeya is from Chinduzi Village in Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu.

 

Martha Pakula

17 yr old girl commits suicide

 

A 17 year old girl, Nancy Chingola has committed in Ndirande Township in Blantyre.

According to the Public Relations Officer for Ndirande Police Station Maxwell Jailos, the incident occurred on Monday at 18:00 hours  at Ndirande Mapuloti.

Nancy was left home alongside her brother when their mother went for business at Ndirande Market.

At around midday, Nancy's brother left her with one of his friends in the same neighborhood while washing clothes.

On her return from the market, at around 18:30 hours, the mother found the daughter hanging dead on piece of rope in her bedroom.

With the help of neighbors, the mother untied the lifeless daughter from the rope and laid her down.

She reported to Ndirande Police Station and police officers rushed to the scene.

They took the body to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where death was certified as due to  strangulation.

The deceased hails from Lundu village Traditional Authority Lundu in Chikwawa district.

Meanwhile, Police is appealing to all youths not ot take their lives no matter how hard the situation is.

 

Mirriam Singini

Woman fined for false news publication

Arrested

 

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.

Mirriam Singini

3 arrested from stealing from Warehouse in Blantyre-Limbe Police

 

Police in Limbe have arrested three people on suspicion that they stole various items valued at over K5 million in Maone industrial area in Limbe, Blantyre.

It is believed that Bright Samuel who was working as a security guard at the warehouse belonging to a Malawian of Asian origin, connived with his two colleagues and broke into a warehouse.

The suspects who are connected to series of breaking offences in Limbe policing area, were cornered on Friday April 7, and have been identified as John Petrol, 45, Richard Chingwalu, 46, and Bright Samuel, 22.

According to the statement by the police the three stole 24 cartons of spaghetti, 35 cartons of bayonet coils, 117 Boxes of  locks, 3 cisterns covers, seven cartons of GRS kitchen drawers and three basins, all valued at MK5.5 million.

Police launched an investigation which led to their arrest and recovery of two cartons of GRS kitchen drawers and one carton of spaghetti.

They have since been charged with breaking into a building and committing a felony therein, which contravenes section 331(a) of the penal code, and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, Police wish to urge the citizenry to continue working hand in hand with them by among others continue providing with tips which leads to apprehension of criminals.