A Malawian Magistrate court has sentenced four men to pay a fine of K15, 000 each or in default serve 15 months imprisonment with hard labour for trickery.
Kasungu police station Edwin Kaunda spokesperson identified the four as Peter Phiri 21 of T/A Malili in Lilongwe, Patrick Maseko 32 of Nangwale village, T/A Mwambo in Zomba, Alfred Banda 30 of Buleya village, T/A Chimutu in Lilongwe and Imran Ahamad 21 of T/A Chikowi in Zomba district.
Kaunda said the Kasungu First Grade Magistrate court learnt that on 22 May the four men met miss Josophine Nyirenda at her shop at Kasungu boma and told her that they were selling bales of second hand clothes.
Miss Josophine Nyirenda sells second hand clothes and during the material day she was planning to travel to Lilongwe to buy bales of second hand clothes.
Kaunda said the four men convinced the lady that they had bales in a vehicle parked at Chankhanga ground.
”The four men then told miss Nyirenda to put K40, 000 in a black plastic bag they gave her and asked her to wait for them to get the bales,” said Kaunda
However after waiting for so long, the lady decided to continue with her trip to Lilongwe.
”When she reached Kasungu bus terminal she decided to buy a soft drink and thats when she discovered that her money had turned into paper,” said Kaunda.
Josophine Nyirenda reported the matter to police leading to the arrest of the four men by Mponela police.
The police recovered K22, 000 from the suspects and another K18, 000 when they reached kasungu.
Apearing before first grade magistrate Kingsley Buleya the four men pleaded guilty to the charge of cheating contrary to section 321 of the penal code.
The four failed to pay the fines and have since been committed to Kasungu prison to serve their jail terms.