A 31-year-old Chitipa man will spend his next nine years in prison serving a jail term after the court found him guilty of causing grievous harm.
Nicholas Mtambo of Shaliwira village, TA Mwaulambia in the district was last week arrested for allegedly stabbing Andrew Kondowe, a police officer at Chitipa Police Station.
The suspect was found guilty of the offence by the Chitipa Magistrate Court and consequently slapped with nine years imprisonment with hard labour .
Passing out the judgment, Magistrate Julius Kalambo observed that criminal cases in the district were steadily rising and the only means to stop them was by meting out stiffer punishments on the offenders to deter would be other wrongdoers.
But Magistrate Kalambo said since Mtambo was the first-time offender and pleaded guilty to the offence he would be lenient with him by “only giving him nine years imprisonment with hard labour.”
The court heard that on October 26 this year, Mtambo was involved in a fight with Kondowe’s friend following an argument at an entertainment centre.
Sensing danger, the police officer wanted to detach the friend and this did not go down well with Mtambo who then took a knife and stabbed Kondowe on the arm and stomach leaving him with deep cuts.
“Mtambo stabbed Kondowe after he got angry with him for trying to serve his friend whom he was involved in a fight with him,” the police prosecutor told the court.