The South Lunzu First Grade Magistrate in Blantyre on Friday convicted and sentenced Levison Nachuma to nine years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for burglary, which is contrary to section 309 (a) of the penal code.
According to court records, on the night of November 1, 2011, Nachuma at Gamulani in Ndirande township in the city of Blantyre broke and entered the dwelling house that belongs to Foster Maguba and stole one Rising radio, eighteen plates, five pots, one cell phone and assorted clothes all valued at K68, 000.
Three state witnesses were paraded by the prosecution, who included Maguba. He said when he knocked off from work at Ndirande CCAP, he found his house had been broken into and that the said property, including his cell phone, were missing.
When he had dialed the number of his stolen cell tried, an unidentified individual picked it up and he instantly reported the matter to Ndirande Police. After police investigation using the stolen cell phone number, the police tracked down Levison Nachuma and arrested him.
Nachuma, 29, hails from Katundu village, in Traditional Authority Chimaliro’s area in Thyolo district. He is serving his sentence at Chichiri Maximum Prison in the city of Blantyre.