Two men arrested for the gruesome murder of 51-year-old Richard Nsamala, an employee of IndeBank, at his Soche East home in Blantyre his home where his body was buried behind his house are serving jail term on the first offence of theft of motor vehicle.
Timothy Sinalo, 26, and Kenneth Chimwanga, 33, were convicted and sentenced to 28 and 24 months each, respectively by Blantyre Magistrate court on theft charge.
Their murder trial which carries a maximum death sentence was committed to the High Court.
Nsamala was buried within his house compound in a waist-deep pit, by his house servant Sinalo and his co-accused, Chimwanga.
The suspects were caught in Thyolo on Tuesday after a tip from villagers who got suspicious with the stolen Toyota Marino, registration number KA 2851 parked in Kadzuwa Village, Traditional Authority Bvumbwe.
One of the suspects, Sinalo who used to work for the deceased as a house helper told Nyasa Times reporter that they killed the victim in the night of Sunday the 19th August as they strangulated him and buried him behind his house on the following Monday morning.
Sinalo and Chimwanga then left with the car to Thyolo and hid it at the latter’s mother in-law.
According to Sinalo, he had worked at the deceased’s house for not more than two months before the incident.
The deceased was an employee of Indebank who was single. He hailed from Chimtedza Village, T/A Mlora Nsanje.