Kawalazi Eastet robber jailed 14 years IHL

Nkhatabay magistrate court has convicted and sentenced a 21 years old man Hexon Banda to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) after finding him guilty for the offence of robbery.

Supt. Chihana: Robber jailed

Lilongwe Police Central Region Publicist Superintendent Nolliettie Chihana told said Police prosecutor Sugt. Keston Chiona told the court that, on the night of 24-25 December 2016, Banda and others (who are still at large) stole a motorcycle belonging to Kawalazi Estate Ltd worthy K2,500,000.00.

According to Chihana, Chiona also told the court that after the matter was reported to Mzenga police unit, Banda was arrested and was charged with the offence which is contrary to section 301 (1) of the penal code.

“Four witnesses were paraded after the suspect pleaded not guilty to the charge and on February 20 2017, the suspect was found guilty as charged. In his mitigations, the convict told the court that he committed the offence after he was enticed by his friends not knowing that what he was doing was wrong.

“The youthful convict further said he was young and if given chance, he can positively assist in the development of this country,” explained Chihana.

Passing sentence,  First Grade Magistrate Court (FGM) Anthony Banda noted that the crime committed by the convict was not only serious in nature but also an organised one and according to laws, those found guilty on such kind of offences are supposed to be punished severely.

Hexon Banda comes from Tembwe village, Traditional Authority (TA) Kabunduli in Nkhatabay district.

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I am not a law practitioner but have a strong feeling that this judgement is somehow questionable much as we appreciate that they are trying to punish the behaviour. But wait a minute, you mean stealing a motorcycle worth MK 2, 500, 000 can be equivalent to 14 years jail term? what about the serous offenses that are costing lives?

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