By Lusekero Mhango

An 19-year old man in Chikwawa District has been handed a 6-year jail sentence for stealing antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs and other household effects.

The convict, Peter Nkata, was found guilty on Wednesday before Makande Second Grade Magistrate’s Court.

State Prosecutor Martin Thulu told the court that Nkata broke into a house of a 50year-old woman (name withheld) on the night of 27 December 2018 at Mailosi Village in the area of Senior Chief Ngabu in the district.

“He went away with a laptop bag containing ARVs and bactrim drugs, wrappers, identity cards and MK16, 000 cash.

“He was apprehended a few days later following police investigation and charged with burglary and theft,” narrated Thulu.

During his trial, Nkata pleaded guilty as charged and went on saying he had no any mitigation to make.

Passing sentence, Second Grade Magistrate Chiyembekezo Phiri said the accused had indirectly deprived the victim’s right to life by stealing her life-prolonging drugs.

Phiri slapped Nkata with 6 years imprisonment with hard labour, arguing the sentence would serve as a warning to others.

In a related development, the same court ordered Eunice Henry to spend the next two years in prison for assaulting a fellow sex worker in a fight at Ngabu area.

In the early hours of 5 January this year, the convict attacked the victim, accusing her ( the victim) of separating a fight that she(the convict) was having with a client.

The victim lost two teeth and sustained a deep cut on the upper lip.

Appearing in court, Eunice Henry got convicted and sentenced to 2 years in jail.

She comes from Traditional Authority (T.A) Mbenje’s area in Nsanje District.

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