MANGOCHI-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi court in the lakeshore district of Mangochi on Friday sentenced a 23-year old man to six years in jail for being found guilty on the offense of burglary and theft.
Monkey-Bay Police Prosecutor Liston Sabola identified the convict as Innocent Raphael, who on December 22, 2016 committed the crime which is contrary to Section 309 (A) of the Penal code.
Prosecutor Sabola told The Maravi Post that the convict broke into Anne Ngwira’s house and stole assorted items including a bag of maize, three bags of cement and blankets all worth MK 160,000.
Sabola said that Raphael committed the offence while the owner of the stolen items was out on Lake Malawi buying fish.
The prosecutor added that during hearing, the convict pleaded not guilty, prompting the state to parade five witnesses which led the court to find Raphael guilty of the offense.
Although in his mitigation the convict asked the court to give a suspended sentence so that he could better take care of his family and grandmother, First Grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana slapped Raphael with 72 months imprisonment with hard labor.
Raphael who hails from Sumbi Village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Nankumba in Mangochi district will serve the two offences; burglary and theft for 72 and 24 months respectively and concurrently.