State prosecutors on Monday started parading witnesses in a K500 million heist case, one of the biggest bank robberies in Malawi.
Prosecutors paraded two bank employees who said the suspected thieves came into the bank and forced them to open a cash chest with the money which was due for banking with the Reserve Bank of Malawi.
The two employees said the suspects threatened the Standard Bank staff with a pistol before tieing up their arms and legs.
The employees told the court the suspects took their time as they were taking K1000 and K500 notes which filled two to three sacks before they drove away.
Lawyers for the first accused, Ken Kammwami, an ex police officer brought to the attention of the first magistrate court Cathy Phiri that his client was being kept in deplorable conditions.
This was after prison officials failed to unlock Kammwambi’s handcuffs because a prison official who had the keys was not available.
Phiri ruled that handcuffs should be removed from Kammwambi when he is in court.
Kammwambi is also answering other criminal charges in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
Other suspects are Charles Moffat and Amos Jere
6-years for albino abductor
Meanwhile, Mzuzu Principal Resident Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Philip Ngulube, 21, a teacher at Mongo Primary School in Mzimba, accused of abducting a 17-year-old girl with albinism to six years imprisonment”
Ngulube – arrested on September 12 – was charged with attempted abduction with intent to murder after he reportedly got betrothed to the Form Two girl at Mzimba Secondary School, a charge he denied.
Principal resident magistrate Gladys Gondwe said the sentence is meant to make the suspect, who was already convicted on October 26, appreciate the gravity of his action.
Gondwe, whose determination lasted five minutes, said she settled for the stiff penalty because the girl has been affected psychologically such that she has stopped schooling at a time society is advocating for the education of the girl child.
According to regional prosecutions officer Christopher Katani , it is the first convictin of an albino abductor in the Northern Region.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :