The Balaka First Grade Magistrate Court in Malawi has sentenced two people to eight years imprisonment with hard labour for robbery with violence.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Yohane Chaomba told the court that the suspects Eliot Asidi (33) and William Mokoya (21) committed the crime on the night of 21st to 22nd November, 2015 at Ngasale village in the district of Balaka by breaking into the house of Mr Moses Maguja and went away a sprayer, bags of maize and beans and cash all to the total value of K150, 000.00
“Before breaking into the house, the suspects wounded the victim who was sleeping outside the house due to hot weather,” said Chaomba.
The suspects pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery with violence which is contrary to section 301 of the Penal code.
Prosecutor Chaomba asked the court to consider giving the suspects a stiffer sentence saying the complainant lost his hard earned goods and only a few were recovered.
“The suspects wounded the victim who is still in great pain as he is not fully recovered. Therefore the suspects deserve a stiffer sentence so that it should be a lesson to them and would be offenders,” he said.
In their mitigation, the suspects asked for forgiveness saying that they are still young and have families to look after.
First Grade Magistrate Felix Mandala conquered with the state that the suspects deserved a stiffer sentence considering the seriousness of the offence. He said he has given them such a sentence so that it should be a lesson to them and would be offenders.
Eliot Asidi comes from William village, while William Mokoya Ngasale village both from Traditional Authority Amidu in Balaka district.