A 37-year-old man, identified as Mphatso Nkhulambe from Kamwendo village Traditional Authority (T/A) Sitola in Machinga, has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment with hard labour for pretending to be dead in order to solicit money from relations and sympathizers.
Khulambe was convicted and sentenced by the Nkukula Magistrate’s Court in Lumbadzi in Lilongwe.
The court heard that Nkhulambe, a resident of Area 25 in Lilongwe and a tailor by profession, went to Telephone Bureau at Nsungwi market in the area and called his brother in Machinga that he was dead.
Using a different name, he asked those in Machina to send him money for burial of their dead brother.
According to Prosecutor Peter Piringu at Kanengo Police, two family members were subsequently sent to Lilongwe to carry his remains for burial in Machinga, but they could not trace him and they reported to Kanengo Police Station for assistance where enquiries were made and he was found at Mgona.
He was arrested and taken to Court to answer a charge of fraud other than false pretence contrary to Section 319 A(c) of the Penal Code.
Nkhulambe pleaded not guilty, but Nkukula Second Grade Magistrate’s Court found him guilty after Prosecutor Piringu paraded three witnesses, including the owner of the telephone bureau and convict’s brother.
Piringu pleaded with the Court to give him a custodial penalty that would send a message to others who would think of doing such abominable act.
And Second Magistrate Kantikana went on to slap him with with a nine months jail term.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :