Green maize theft earns Dowa man death

A 41-year-old man in Dowa has been killed on allegations that he stole fresh green maize from a garden.

Man was accused of stealing green maize

Police have since arrested a 49-year-old man on allegation that he killed the suspected thief.

The suspect has been identified as Batson Selemani from Ntchenenje Village in Traditional Authority Mkukula whereas the deceased is Andrea Gift Phiri from Bowe Village in Traditional Authority Chakhaza, both from Dowa district.

It is reported that Selemani went to his maize garden where he found the deceased stealing his green fresh maize in the garden.

The suspect arrested Andrea Gift Phiri and called people that he had caught a thief after.

People started beating Andrea Gift Phiri and when the suspect saw that the situation had gone worse, he took him to his house and locked him up.

When police officers from Matowe Police Unit received information about the incident in the afternoon hours, they rushed to the suspect’s house and picked the victim but his condition was not good and he died upon arrival at Matowe Police Roadblock.

Andrea Gift Phiri was taken to Dowa District Hospital where he was confirmed dead due to head injuries and internal bleeding as evidenced by blood oozing from the nose and mouth.

Meanwhile, police have arrested Selemani and he will appear before court soon to answer a charge of murder.

Enquires are also underway to trace others who took part in beating Phiri.

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1 year ago

…the message is: don’t steal green maize. .the punishment is death

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1 year ago

What have Malawians become? Can two dowe with a street value of K150.00 cost one’s life? Look at the number of years he will face in jail for those two cobs of green maize. And those on the run how far and for how long will they hide? A very poor calculation of problem solving.

1 year ago

The person died in police hands. I will not be surprised if the police added the beating causing thefatality.

1 year ago
Reply to  Moya

Hahahahahaha fisi adakana nsatsi story…you think quickly about our trigger happy police…Can’t stop laughing, Moya

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