Court convicts duo for possessing Indian hemp

The Nkhunga Second Grade Magistrate Court at Dwangwa in Nkhotakota District has ordered a 29 year old woman and her accomplice a 27 year old man to pay K10, 000.00 fines each or serve a 12 month jail term after finding them guilty for being in possession of 21 kilograms of Indian hemp.

The woman convict, Judith Kachepa hails from Lobeni village, Traditional Authority Chikumbu in Mulanje District while Thomas Banda comes from Chimulu village, Traditional Authority Khosolo in Mzimba district.

Prosecutor Sub Inspector Wills Asibu told the court that the two were arrested at Dwangwa Trading Centre by officers on night patrol after they received a tip off that the two wanted to take the Indian hemp to Blantyre for sell.

They both pleaded guilty to being found in possession of Cannabis Sativa without License according to regulation 4A of the Dangerous Drug Regulation as read with section 19(1) of the Dangerous Drug Act before the court.

Magistrate Rex Nsolo said the court decided to mete to pass a lenient sentence because the two did not wasted the Court’s time.

Nsolo then ordered the two to pay K10, 000 fine each or in default to twelve (12) months IHL. The woman has since been released after paying the fine.

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