26 September 2016 Last updated at: 6:34 AM
Two slapped with 13 years for robbery
Dowa first grade magistrate court has convicted and sentenced two men to 13 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for robbing a businessperson at Njati Trading centre in Dowa district.
The two are Jamu Sautso, 53, and Yotamu Mkandawire, 32.
The court heard that the convicts together with another suspect went to Njati trading centre and broke into the house of businessman Ganizani Salela using a big stone.
They managed to steal money amounting to K10 million and a cellphone after assaulting the businessman with a panga knife. The victim was later pronounced dead at Makioni Health Centre.
According to Dowa Police Public Relations Officer Richard Kaponda, the trio were arrested on 18th September in Lilongwe by police officers from Dowa police station.
Police recovered a home-made rifle with two rounds of live ammunitions, a panga knife, and a cellphone.
In court, Sautso and Mkandawire pleaded guilty to the charges of murder and armed robbery and have since been committed to the high court for the offence of murder contrary to section 209 of the penal code.
However, the other suspect Feston Banda, 32, pleaded not guilty to the charges of robbery and murder and the state will bring to court witnesses to testify against him.
The Police Prosecutor, Beston Chimbelenga, told the court not to be lenient when passing the sentence.
In their mitigations, the two convicts said they behaved like animals but asked the court to consider them. However when passing the sentence, His worship first grade magistrate, Imulani Phiri agreed with the prosecutor and sentenced the two to 13 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) each on robbery charges to deter other would be offenders.
Jamu Sautso hails from Kampini village Traditional Authority Chitseko while Yotamu Mkandawire hails from Makanya village Traditional Authority Kalumbu all from Lilongwe district.