Mzuzu carjackers get lengthy jail

The Mzuzu Magistrate Court has sentenced two men to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for high jacking and stealing a vehicle.

The vehicle, a Toyota Corolla salon registration number NB 2436 belongs to Samuel Car hire.

The duo, Christopher Phiri, 47 of Chibwana Nsamala, Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka district and Aaron Nyirenda 27, of Mseka village, Traditional Authority Mabilabo in Mzimba district, were convicted of robbery contrary to section 301 of the Penal code.

They pleaded guilty.

Police officer Betty Gondwe, prosecuting,  told the court that Phiri hired the vehicle the on July 23rd at around 2am to Chitata Bar, which is within Mzuzu where his accomplice, Nyirenda was imbibing.

According to Gondwe, the duo later hired the vehicle to Nkhata Bay but when they reached a place called Chibwaka they robbed they vehicle but did not harm the driver Brian Chibwe.

Police arrested the two men at Nkhamenya when they became suspicious after they noticed that the car was being driven without number plates.

“Further inquiries revealed that the vehicle had been stolen in Mzuzu”, she said.

Gondwe asked the court to mete a deterrent sentence saying the offence was serious and premeditated.

Magistrate Kondwani Banda agreed with the state.

The Magistrate therefore imposed a 12 year jail sentence to the carjackers.

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