A 19 year old Malawian jailbird stunned the court when in mitigation he asked for a non-custodial sentence after the Mzuzu Magistrate Court had convicted him for theft and burglary of property worth MK750,000.
The convict, Charles Gondwe three years ago served a three year jail term for a similar offence.
But First Grade Magistrate Court Anthony Banda quashed his mitigation and slapped him with 15 years imprisonment with hard labour, saying such cases were becoming rampant in Mzuzu.
On Wednesday, the same court also jailed an 18 year old boy to 8 years imprisonment with hard labour for burglary and stealing assorted items worth MK 201,720.
The court heard that the convict Gondwe on December 24th, 2012 at Katoto residential area broke and entered the house of Yohane Bilesi and stole 2 laptops, a decoder, 4 cell phones, DVD players, a radio and other assorted electric appliances worthy K700,000.
Again on the night of 25- 26th December , 2012 broke into the house of Chisa Wankhoma in the same residential area and went away with assorted items including three speakers valued at K48, 000.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Andrew Singini asked the court for stiff sentence saying the convict needed to be reformed into a reliable citizen.
In mitigation, Gondwe also promised the court that if his sentence is quashed he will be on his guard and will never commit such offences.
However, First Grade Magistrate Banda sent him to jail.