Blantyre Magistrates Court has convicted and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) two men for house breaking and theft contrary to sections 301 of the Penal Code.
The two, Christopher James Damiano 31, from Mbera village, T/A Kachenga in Balaka, and Amos Uluko aged 24 from Mapando village, T/A Chimaliro in Thyolo were found guilty of breaking into a house occupied by SRK Consulting staffs during the midnight of 7th and 8th March 2013 in Naperi, Blantyre and made away with cash and various items amounting to millions of kwacha.
Blantyre Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Sandram Senzani told the court that the two who forced their way into the house, apart from stealing both personal and company items, also attacked the complainants.
Some of stolen items include smart phones, cameras, flash drives, I Pads, wrist watches, laptops, cash, gold-chains among other stuffs.
“According to collaborative statements recorded from the witnesses / staffs/ complainants, the criminals, armed with gun, panga knives and metal bars, tied up the security guards before forcing their way into the house through a rear door. They broke into rooms where they threatened everyone to surrender their items including money. Thereafter they (victims) were locked in one room before the criminals went away with the stolen items,” explained Sergeant Senzani.
Sergeant Senzani disclosed that following police investigations six suspects, Christopher Damiano, Amos Uluko, Pilirani Grant, Eric Damiano, Useni Maideni and Maria Nkhoma, were arrested and some of the stolen items were recovered from accused persons who were positively identified by the complainants.
Out of the six accused persons, Principle Resident Magistrate, Innocent Nebi convicted Christopher and Amos, acquitted Pilirani Grant and Eric Damiano, and released on bail Useni Maideni and Maria Nkhoma who are answering charges of receiving stolen items.
Christopher and Amos had denied the charges earlier on during police interrogation, according to Sergeant Senzani who paraded several witnesses whose testimony managed to secure a conviction against the two.