Cellphone thief gets 15 years

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Midima senior resident magistrate court has sentenced a 33 year-old man to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into three houses and stealing a cellphone.

Deputy public relations officer Pedzesai Zembeneko confirmed the development to Malawi24.

Zembeneko said on June 20 this year, the thief, Gift Joseph, who resides in Bangwe broke into three houses at Laiti village at around 11:00pm.

Prison“He successfully stole one phone and an undisclosed amount of money from two houses but he was caught in a third house,” he said.

In mitigation, Joseph asked for leniency saying that he is the sole breadwinner of his family.

But senior resident magistrate Benedictus Chitsakamile said cases of burglary and theft are rampant, therefore perpetrators need to be isolated from the society.

He therefore slapped him with a 15 year jail sentence to deter the increase of the cases.

Zembeneko hailed the sentence saying it will give the convict time to reform.

Joseph hails from Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mulanje district and he is a repeat offender.

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  1. Ooooh!Malawi’s justice was burried together with kamuzu Banda.Aren’t all these tribulations of drought ,starvation,pandemic diseases,money devaluation,poverty and the like,curses for the injustice ,mathanyula and all other evils which these satanic presidents have
    established in our country ?

  2. Kumaona zakuba zoti akakugwira wekha udziti andigwira pakaone nanga 4n guys aliyese apandiokuba koma kungoti simunagwidwe akadzakugwira ndipomwe mudzaziwe kuti ndiwe wakuba ena mmaba akazi aeni ena kumbera munthu akuona ngongole osabweza ena kusapereka chakhumi kuba

  3. Kumaona zakuba zoti akakugwira wekha udziti andigwira pakaone nanga 4n guys aliyese apandiokuba koma kungoti simunagwidwe akadzakugwira ndipomwe mudzaziwe kuti ndiwe wakuba ena mmaba akazi aeni ena kumbera munthu akuona ngongole osabweza ena kusapereka chakhumi kuba

  4. Uyoooo malawi Aaaaaaah dziko ilo basi ndilotembeleledwadi ndithu!!!! Mphawi akalakwa dzaka phwiiiiii ali ku prison pomwe achuma akalakwa timasiku ali ku prison basi. Ok Chabwino ife ndi nda pamaso panu tidzakaonana kumwamba ngati mudzakakhaleso ma judge. Anthu opanda chisoni inu ok mulungu satopa, sagona ndipo ali maso sangatilenge kut tidzazuzike pa dziko pano .

  5. wina ali kundende atalamulidwa pokuba mabillion but only 11 yrs and mp wotsutsa ku nigeria anaba 1.5 million N kunfouzidwa kt akakhale zaka 152yrs with hard labour nde mwati wa 4n 15yrs???? wopha lubix 2yrs?????? its nt fare

  6. 1billion = 1 yr in jail so kuba 7 billion =7 yrs in jail ndekuti foniyo inali ya 15 billion so don’t blame the judge apa zikuyendadi pa chilungamo

  7. kuba maselefoni akhazu sanduka okupha anthu mmiseumu. komanso monga opangila kuokuba maselefoniwa odzitelenso kokupha, othyola mmanyumbawa(ndiyesa ngakuThyolo) ndi ena onse olakwa posaona kulemela kapena kusauka kwa wanthu. Mbuzi.

  8. khakhakhakha kumeneko ndie ku nyasaland,milandu yoopsa zed ndiko kuba mbata,nkhuku,sweet,kugendana ku mpira,kuyenda usiku (vagambonding)ndie zilango zake ndi lifenl n prisonment death pernalty.above 50yrs imprisonment wit hard labour.Koma milandu ya simple ndie kudulana makosi,cashgate kuba mankhwala aboma.mmmnn ndie xungamangidwe olo even fine xungapereke.bola usazayambirenxo.mmmmmmmmk malawi sazatheka

  9. not fair .wa 50 million cashget kumpasa 7 years .But that of phone 15 years .so should we say the phone was more expensive than the amount spent on cashget. ..explanation please

  10. not fair .wa 50 million cashget kumpasa 7 years .But that of phone 15 years .so should we say the phone was more expensive than the amount spent on cashget. ..explanation please

    • Its not always based on value. House breaking ili ndi stiffer punishment than stealing because in the course of breaking in kumapezekanso achina murder, rape etc.

  11. Tachangamukani….cashgate….cashgate..ya chani…..ndalama zimene zija anadya nda malawi ambiri….omanga manyumba, ntchito zimkapezeka mu area 43..ama shop mukafuse amagulidwa katundu wa ma million patsiku….kunatsegulidwa ma commpany ntchito analembedwa anthu…..kwayine kwa yine acashgate aaaalibe mulandu…amilandu ndi omwe amabawa ndalama mkumakayika ku bank akunja…………

    • Anaba anaba basi.. kaya anasegula ma company nkulemba anthu ntchito, kaya ankagula zinthu za ma million mma grocery, nkhani ndiyoti anaba basi. Chifukwa that money wasnt meant for that. Ena anamwalira chifukwa analephera kupasidwa treatment yabwino kuchipatala ati boma lilibe ndalama, Pali nzeru pamenepo??

    • Ngati munapindula nazo kapena achibale anu anapindulako munakangokhala chete, muwaganizile anzanu omwe anataya achibale awo chifukwa chosowa thandizo lakuchipatala. Kulembedwa ntchito nchani kuposa moyo wamunthu? .

    • Mmmmmm osamangoyakhula za ziii tapitani ku chipatalako panopa ngat makhwalawo akakupatseni….chazelu mchani kuba mkukasunga kunja…wina mkuma gwilitsa ntchito momuno….manyazi mulibe…choti mudziwe panopa akadababe osamakhulupilira munthu…..ulenium adatenga kukayelekela phindu lanji tidapindulapo…mukamava kuti malawi yapatsidwa ndalama kuchokela kunja zathuzomwe kutigayilako pa zomwe atibela…

  12. chilango chabwino ndichoti munthu akapita kukaba kusonyeza kuti ndi mlesi safuna kusaka pogwiritsa ntchito manja ake. ndidakasangalala kuti mbava zonse zili ku prison adzizidula manja tsiku lotuluka chifukwa sayamika Mulungu pomupatsa manja koma ngati iwowo adalengedwa ndi satana asiyeni. ngati Mulungu adagwira ntchito popanga iyeyo ndiye akufuna zopangidwa kale, nanga tonse titakhala akuba kugwidwanso ntchito? adzidulidwa manja mosayang’a mlandu wake pa tsiku lotuluka. AGALU.

  13. Ndipake well done judge ngakhale mukuwoneka munamukhulurukira as three breakings/burgaries plus one theft of phone, kuswa nyumba kumozi kokha its over 10yrs nanga nyumba zitatu?? so the beter wud b over 20yrs

  14. Mot tisamabe tima Mose tizikhaula ndi prison koma zodziwika et kukhaladi M’malawi ndikupilira guys ndende anamangila osauka ndakhulupilira

  15. Inali foni yanji imene anaba munthuyo ndibweza ine coz chimene chikuchitika ku malawi kuno it seems like oweluza milandu mwayamba kuyiwala malamulo ogamulila milandu,are u sure kuti munthu kuba foni mupaka 15 years mwina it is because of ndalama zomwe simunanene kuchuluka kwake mwina coz frankly speaking i don’t see any tangible reason of arresting some one with so many years in prison and yet people are stealing ndalama za nkhani nkhani koma mumawapasa zaka zochepa zokakhalila mundende,mwina munthuyo amanunkha ndendende mwina that’s why mwamuwonelera mwina

  16. Even if they say a sin is a sin but God can pass a fair judgement. Pliz God come and judge us, not these injustice earthly judges. They 4get that they will judged one day.

  17. Lilipo tsiku ndipo ndi limodzi limene liri kunza . Limene ma judge nonse mudzakumana nao chlango cha Mulungu ndipo simudzachithawa ayi , inutu mudzasakasaka chthandizo koma panthawi imeneyo simudzachipeza. God must forgive you.

  18. 15yrs???? kkkkkk Ma judge aku malawi sazathekaso ndithu phone yomwe ya K5,000 yi wina kupha albino 10yrs ndekut kuba ndikoipa bola kupha eti??? wina kuvenda 80million 7yrs kkkkk ayi ndithu chitani manyazi majaji haha

  19. Malawi government u re never serious cellphone 15 years that bull it like u re nt educated take examples of the other country’s um a shame to said that um a Malawian because of what u re doing people here in Botswana thy alwy laugh at us because for the crazy things u do

  20. Kod mwina ma judge nu mumaziona dzinthuz mosiyana ndife???kuba nkhuku kwainu ndimulandu waukulu woyera life imprisonment,,,koma kupha munthu ndi cashgate…imeneyo kwa inu ndi pre-case….yongoyenea warning..yot “#musazachitenso”..kenako kachindapusa ka 2pin bas watuluka!!!!!!!!…..ndichifuka amalawi tili pa position 1 on corruption log table…worldwide….alas!

    • My bro Gerald, kwa munthu amene sanakumaneko ndi mbava mnyumba mwake sangamvetse za chigamulo cha court. House breaking ndi yoopsya kusiyana ndi za cashgate because akhoza kukupha or raping your wife and daughters. So, house breaking on its own ili ndi sentence yake yake apart from the actual stealing.

  21. A MAN IN FOR 15 YRS FOR STEALING A CELL PHONE AND A WOMAN IN FOR 7 YRS FOR STEALING K85 000 000.00 GOVT MONEY. JUSTICE AT ITS BEST IN NYASALAND.

  22. a mockery of justice when compared to sentences metted out on cashgate convicts: its being blamed on existing laws not being able to give judges the leverage with which they can excute that which can be perceived as stiffer punishments. i don’t agree.