Blantyre, January 12, 2019. Dalton Third Grade Magistrate’s Court in Limbe has convicted and sentenced a 28-year-old man to a nine month-imprisonment with hard labour for stealing items valued at K1 million from his employer’s house in Bangwe Township in Blantyre.
Limbe Police Station Deputy Public Relations Officer, Widson Nhlane, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday the suspect, Charles Heleks, was employed as house servant by Richard Msiska in Namatapa and took advantage of his absence to steal the items and cash.
“The complainant plies his business in Limbe and on February 1, 2018 left home to his business place only to later receive a phone call from one of his neighbours, telling him that Heleks had stolen some items in the house and ran away.
“When he visited the house, he found that among the stolen items were a Plasma TV, DVD player, decoders, duvets, bed sheets and K150, 000.00 cash all valued at K1, 003, 000.00,” said Nhlane.
The Deputy PRO further said the accused was at large until September when he was arrested at Kachere Township. His arrest helped the officers to recover all the stolen items which were positively identified by the owner.
“Heleks pleaded guilty and admitted the charge when he appeared before Dalton Third Grade Magistrate Court, a situation that prompted Limbe Police prosecution witness, Inspector Daluni to pray for a stiffer sentence on account that he intentionally deprived his boss.
“The presiding magistrate concurred with the state and on January 10, this year (2019), slapped Heleks with a jail term of nine months meant to deter other would-be offenders,” Nhlane said.
Meanwhile, police are appealing to employers to verify records of their employees with the police to avoid employing criminals.
Heleks comes from Mpasu Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chapananga in Chikwawa.