Man who stole ESCOM cutout fuses at NRC jailed

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate’s court on Wednesday convicted a 20 year old man for theft of 22 Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) cutout fuses at Natural Resources College (NRC) staff houses.

The convict, Mayamiko Thondolo, is said to have stolen the cutout fuses from NRC staff houses between 8th and 19th August, 2012.

On 8th august, NRC Police Unit received a report that 15 ESCOM cutout fuses were missing and this made the police patrol the area.

On 19th August, Thondolo was caught with seven cutout fuses. He was caught and arrested when he was about to steal the eight one.

When questioned by the police he confessed to have also stolen the first 15 cutout fuses that were reported missing.

He pleaded guilty to the offence. His caution statement read in court, Thondolo voluntarily confessed to have stolen the fuses from 22 houses with an intention of selling them.

Chief Resident Magistrate, Vikochi Ndovi, him guilty of theft which is contrary to section 278 of the Penal Code.

He has been sentenced to two months imprisonment.

“I advise you to stay two years without committing any offence,” said Ndovi.

She further said that the court has been lenient in passing the sentence as the convicted voluntarily pleaded guilty and that he is a first time offender.

Mayamiko Thondolo is a Chewa by tribe from Traditional Authority (TA) Malili in Lilongwe.

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