The Blantyre first grade magistrate court has sentenced three men to five years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing from Suncrest Limited.
The three convicts, Maxwell Tiyesi, 28, Grey Wangasa, 21, and Solomon Kaunga aged 23 were arrested for stealing Suncrest milk and juice early last week.
State prosecutor Damiano Kapata told the court that the three used a minibus registration number NU 5518 to carry the stolen milk and juice but they were spotted by the police who were patrolling the area.
In mitigation, the convicts pleaded for lenient punishment arguing that they look after old parents, relatives, and children.
However Magistrate Kondwani Chinangwa sentenced the three to 60 months each in prison.
Tiyesi comes from Kuwela village Tradition Authority (TA) Changata in Thyolo district, Wangasa is from Chief Nsomba area in Blantyre while hails from Sawali village, TA Nsamala in Balaka district.