Man fined K400,000 for being angry


A court in Mangochi district has ordered Luciano Justin, 29, to pay K400, 000 for setting fire to an old woman’s house and wounding her.

Prosecutor Sub Inspector Laston Sabola told the court that the suspect is an ex-son in-law of the victim.

“On 22nd May, the suspect went to the victim’s house looking for his ex-wife but when the former wife recognised him she ran away,” Sabola said.

CourtBut Justin found his former wife’s mother and he injured her on the right eye and ran away.

Later on, Justin returned and he unlawfully set fire to the house and all things that were in the house were burnt to ashes.

When he appeared in court, the convict pleaded not guilty but the state paraded four witnesses and the court found him guilty.

In mitigation, the suspect asked for a lenient punishment saying that he did that out of anger.

Passing judgement, First Grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana said the convict deserved a stiff penalty since the victim is an old woman. He fined him to pay K50,000 or in default serve 24 months for injuring the woman and K350, 000 or in default five years for the arson.

The jail term is to be served concurrently or if he will pay fine it will be used to compensate the victim.

Luciano hails from Mwalala village, Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi.



  1. The heading is erroneous. Getting angry is NOT a CRIMINAL OFFENCE. Perhaps, the reporter should have said….for setting on fire (arson) somebody’s property..,…. and causing bodily harm ( something closer to this… not necessarily verbatim)