The Balaka Second Grade Magistrate Court has sentenced a 28-year-old man to 7 years imprisonment with hard labour for burglary.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Getrude Chingolo Kafumbula told the court that the suspect John Samson 28, on the night of 2nd to 3rd February, 2015 at Phimbi village in the district of Balaka broke into the house of Mrs.
Enelesi Livalo Chitsulo and went away with a home theater, DVD player, 7 cartons of soap and 2 cell phones all to the total value of K120, 000.00
“After the incident, the suspect went into hiding and Police managed to arrest him following a tip off from the public and managed to recover some goods worthy K43, 000.00 only,” said Kafumbula.
The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charge and this forced the state to parade four witnesses including the investigator Detective Sergeant Saiti Sokole which led to his conviction.
In her submission before judgment, Prosecutor Sergeant Getrude Chingolo Kafumbula asked the court to consider giving the suspect a stiffer sentence.
She said the complainant lost her hard earned goods while the suspect benefited from it and that these cases are becoming rampant in the district. She therefore said the suspect deserves a stiffer sentence considering that the offence committed is serious which attracts a maximum sentence of death or life imprisonment.
In his mitigation, the suspect asked for leniency saying that he looks after orphans and he is bread winner for his family.
Second Grade Magistrate Victor Sibu conquered with the state that the suspect deserved a stiffer sentence considering the seriousness of the offence.
He therefore sentenced him to 7 years imprisonment with hard labour for burglary and 2 years for theft but the sentences are to run concurrently. He said he has given him such a sentence so that it should be lesson to him and would be offenders.
John Samson comes from Ntaja village, Traditional Authority Nkaya in Balaka district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :