Murder suspects surrender themselves to Malawi Police

Two men surrendered themselves to Mzuzu Police Station Tuesday for allegedly murdering a man who was found stealing tomato from a garden.

Mzuzu Police deputy publicist Cecilia Mfune said Wednesday that the suspects are Wellings Munthali, 40, and Ned Mbewe, 29.

Mfune said the two suspects assaulted to death, Japhet Mumba, 45, of Kaonavinji Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mtwalo in Mzimba District after catching him stealing tomatoes in Munthali’s garden on Monday night.

“What transpired is that the first suspect [Munthali] has a tomato garden and for the past weeks tomatoes were being stolen by an unknown person.

“On Monday night, he went to guard the garden accompanied by the second suspect; and in the middle of the night, when the deceased went to steal from the garden, the suspects attacked him,” she said.

Mfune added that Ekwendeni Police Unit received a tip on the murder and visited the crime scene together with medical personnel whose postmortem results revealed death “due to severe strangled neck.”

Police have since warned the general public against beating up people they catch stealing saying it is against the law.

The two suspects who hail from Kaonavinji Village and Zundwala Village, respectively, in the same T/A Mtwalo are expected to appear in court soon to answer murder charges.

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Kholowa mkabudula

It is against the law to punish a thief? You are kidding us police. Tell the thieves to stop stealing to spare their lives, simple. We cannot stop because of the pain we go through to get our properties.Had it been that the govt will re-emberse us all our lost things that could be understandable.What happens after you are back to zero. Guys kill the thief if you spare them tgey will come back for you well armed. Be claver guys!


dont knw wat to say so no comment.


Set them free. A thief is a dangerous person. The good thing is that Malawi is one thief less.


This is not pre-meditated murder in Law. So these people must be charged for manslaughter, and could get away with suspended sentences.


They surely deserve much lesser punishment; mtima wodzipereka wekha munthu ngati umenewu ndi wosowa


Amenewo anangowapatsa 6 months basi coz akazipeleka okha


Akubawa atitopetsa kumangowapanga zomwezo kuti anzao aphunzire.

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