Nkhunga Police Station spokesperson Ignatius Esau said first grade magistrate Kingsley Buleya passed the sentence to deter attacks on alleged blood suckers in the country.
The seven pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the State paraded six witnesses to prove its case.
“In mitigation, the convicts prayed for leniency, saying they were orphans and breadwinners,” said Esau.
The eight convicts attacked Escom employees on the night of May 1 2020 at Kasitu in Nkhotakota while fixing a faulty power line.
In a statement issued on May 5 2020, Escom public relations manager Innocent Chitosi said it was unfortunate that the community vigilante group attacked the company’s employees despite “producing their identity cards, wearing branded work suits and using vehicles which had Escom colours.”