The Blantyre Magistrates Court on Tuesday sentenced to nine years imprisonment with hard labour a 28-year-old man Kingsley Jere for robbing K2 million.
Jere and his two accomplices, still at large, committed the offence on 14ht July, 2014 in Chemusa Township in Blantyre. They robbed Stanley Wasi at gun point.
Police managed to arrest Jere on 26th August, 2014, however the money was not recovered. He was charged with Robbery contrary to Section 301 of the Penal Code.
He denied the charge and was convicted after full trial.
On Tuesday, Sub-Inspector Manolo, a prosecutor at Blantyre Police asked the court to give Jere a stiffer punishment, citing that the victim went through pain and economic hardship since the money was not recovered and that the sentence will act as a warning to the would be offenders.
During mitigation, Jere pleaded for leniency, saying he is HIV positive and that he has overstayed in prison after being on remand. He added that he has responsibility to take care for his wife and child.
Senior Resident Magistrate, Edina Bodole ruled that Jere serve prison sentence effective the day of his arrest.
Kingsley Jere hails from Thumba village under Traditional Authority Mzukuzuku in the district of Mzimba.