The Mzuzu Magistrate Court Wednesday sentenced 26 year-old Clement Njara to 18 years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into a police officer’s house.
According to court documents, Njara and a colleague broke into the house of a police officer who works with Delta Division PMS during the night of 21stNovember, 2014 at the cop’s residence in Mapale.
The two are said to have beaten up the cop before getting away with 5 pairs of police uniform, 2 mobile phones, a TV decoder, a wallet containing K4 700 and a couple of civilian clothes.
State prosecutor superintendent Loni Tembo told the court that after tips from the community they searched Njara’s house and recovered the police regalia.
Tembo asked the court to give a stiff punishment to the defendant arguing that the cases were becoming rampant in the country.
In mitigation, Njara told the court to be lenient with him saying that he was the bread winner for his family.
Senior Magistrate Kondwani Banda concurred with Tembo on the rise on robbery cases sentenced Njara to 18 years IHL according to section 301 of the penal code.
Njara hails from Misanjo Village, Traditional Authority Kadewere in Chiradzulu District.