Man, 27, jailed for breaking into mosque and stealing 

The Nanyumbu Second Grade Magistrate court in Machinga has sentenced a 27-year-old man to 40 months Imprisonment with Hard Labor for breaking into a mosque.

Jailed for theft

The man was identified as Imran Austin.

State prosecutor Constable Gift Kalamula of Nselema Police Station told the court that on October 23 this year, Austin broke and entered into the mosque and stole several items that including two carpets.

“When the chairperson of the mosque came to report the matter to police, we had already arrested the suspect for being found in possession of properties suspected to have been stolen,” Kalamula said.

He added that the chairperson positively identified the stolen items as belonging to the mosque.

The accused pleaded guilty before court to the charge and asked for leniency in his sentencing.

But the state prosecutor told court that the accused and perennial criminal and previously served two custodial sentences for stealing.

“The suspect served 30 months IHL in 2013 for stealing a bicycle and he also served 24 months IHL in 2015 for another theft of a bicycle” Kalamula said.

The prosecutor, therefore, asked the court to give the convict a meaningful sentenced that would make him change his behavior.

In passing the sentence, Second Magistrate Maxwell Boazi concurred with the state.

Imran Austin comes from Mongola Village, Traditional Authority Nyambi in Machinga district.

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4 years ago

We need a serious Chaplaincy system in prisons. Every prison must have a Chaplain to help these people spiritualy and psycologically. It is not just about a stiff sentence. I reach out to prisoners and even a month in prison is a stiff sentence bus there must be something lacking. Pastoral help or approach is what’s lacking and only a certified or Registered Chaplain can afford such. May our government consider this seriously.


Barnaba Sila
Barnaba Sila
4 years ago

Ungoyamika kuti mijomba sinakugwire yokha, ukanaidziwa sharia law

chaione wawo
4 years ago

Chimunthu cha thanzi ngati ichi zakuba zake za ziii

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