The Blantyre Magistrates Court on Monday sentenced Mike Hadji to 18 years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing motor vehicle and other items worth K5,861,500.00.
Hadji 30, was arrested last year in June 2014 together with two accomplices, Lex Chikwekwe and Open Chikopa who are currently at large.
On Thursday 20th February, 2015 Senior Resident Magistrate, Viva Nyimba convicted Hadji who pleaded not guilty to the charge of Robbery with Violence which is contrary to Section 301 of the Penal Code.
The State paraded six witnesses who testified against Hadji, accused of masterminding the theft of a 2 tonner Mitsubishi Canter registration LL 1350 and other office items from Chimera Brewaries in Zingwangwa Newlines, Blantyre.
Other stolen items include new locks, kettle, cannon printer, wifi gadget, extension cable, hole puncher, boss bin, mixer amp, speakers, microphone and connector cables.
In mitigation before his sentencing on Monday, Hadji pleaded for leniency as he is sick, has two kids to look after and that he lost his wife and kid to the recent flooding.
But State prosecutor, Suprintendent Mojo Phiri of Blantyre police asked for stiffer punishment as robbery incidents were on increase.
”The court should consider the loss the company and owner of the vehicle suffered. The vehicle was broken into parts and some of the items have not been recovered,” said Superintendent Phiri.
He added: ”There is also a need to consider that the two watchmen on duty on the day of the robbery suffered trauma and one of them was robbed K9,000.00 by the accused.”
Magistrate Nyimba said Hadji deserved a custodial sentence as he was unrepentant considering his previous conviction- he was onvicted by Limbe Magistrates Court last year on theft charges.
Hadji hails from Balamanja village T/A Nkumba in Mangochi.
Meanwhile, Police are hunting for Chikwekwe and Chikopa who are still at large with Superintendent Phiri warning ”The arm of law will take its course on them.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :