Jail for stealing a Malawi police date stamp: Five years

The Chakhaza Second Grade Magistrate Court has sentenced a 33-year-old man to five years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a police date stamp.

The Court heard that John Kamphenga, who was arrested by officers from Mponela Police Station, stole the official police date stamp on August 23 this year when he was taking back his belongings from a police officer after being granted bail on an offence of cattle theft.

The court further heard that the police got a tip from the general public that Kamphenga was keeping a police date stamp and police recovered it after they stormed his house.

Kamphenga confessed that he wanted to use the date stamp in issuing fake travelling permits to cattle rustlers and other criminals.

Passing on the judgment, Second Grade Magistrate Ken Chidzanja said the suspect’s conduct would have heavily tarnished the good image of the Malawi Police Service hence the stiffer punishment to act as a lesson to would-be offenders.

Kamphenga hails from Kathumba Village, Traditional Authority Kalumo, in Ntchisi District.

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