Magistrates Court on Wednesday sentenced Pilirani John and Kennedy Banda to 50 months in jail with hard labour for burglary and theft.
Giving a background on their arrests, Lilongwe Police Station Spokesperson Inspector Kingsley Dandaula told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that on June 30, 2016, Pilirani John and Kennedy Banda broke into Chipiliro Jamitoni’s house and stole 2 bags of maize weighing 50kilograms each.
“At around 7 pm the complainant who is a Barber in Lilongwe had gone to buy roasted meat at Kanyerere Trading Center for dinner, when he got back he found his house open and the maize bags missing.
“He told his neighbours about the development and reported the matter at Kanyerere Police Unit. On July 4, Police arrested the 2 convicted persons and charged them with burglary contrary to section 309 of the penal code and theft contrary to section 278 of the penal code,” said Dandaula.
The two appeared before the Lilongwe Magistrates Court where they pleaded guilty to the offences.
In mitigation, John and Banda asked the court to be lenient with them since they were first offenders and also promised the court that they would not do it again.
State Prosecutor Sergeant Edward Chiopsya told the court that they deserved a stiffer punishment because the case is serious in nature and attracts life imprisonment. He also said such cases were rampant and stiffer punishment would deter the other would be offenders from committing similar offence.
In his ruling First Grade Magistrate Henry Kamtchere concurred with the state that such cases were deplorable and rampant and sentenced them to 50 months in jail with hard labour on the first count and 18 months in jail with hard labour on the second count to run concurrently.
John 18 and Banda 22, hail from Kanyerere village in the area of Traditional Authority Malili in Lilongwe.