Man jailed 5 years for stealing fertilizer

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Nkhotakota First Grade Magistrate court has sentenced a 25 year-old man to 5 years in jail for stealing his mother’s fertilizer.

Magistrate Fred Juma Chilowetsa meted out the penalty against Hamza Harid of Vinjenje village in the area of Senior Chief Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota.

Court through public prosecutor Cedrick Cosmas of Nkhotakota police station heard that during the night of January 14, the convict broke into the house of his biological mother Ayidale Ayisa.

He then stole two bags of subsidised fertiliser valued at K44,000 and sold them to a certain man at a price of K23,500.

The thief was arrested on January 15 and was charged with the offences of burglary and theft against section 309 and 278 of the penal code respectively.

The court found him guilty of the charges and state prosecutor Cosmas said the convict deserved a stiff penalty due to his misconduct since in November 2016 he was given an 18 month suspended sentence for the offence of theft of bicycle but in a space of two months he committed another offence.

In mitigation, Harid pleaded to court to be lenient when passing the sentence claiming that he is a bread winner to his family and promised to never commit a similar offence.

But magistrate Chilowetsa said that family problems are not a major factor to mitigate his sentence hence he slapped him with a 5 year jail term.

In a related development, the same court has sentenced a 21 year-old man identified as Madalitso Msiska Umande to 3 years in jail for breaking into a house and stealing assorted items with a total value of K69,300.

Umande hails from Kamange village in the area of senior chief Ma  lengachanzi in Nkhotakota.

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49 Comments

  1. This so called magistrates shouldnt be allowed to sentence someone to more than a year in jail,,high court should do so ,nanga fertilizer mpaka 5yrs really how many bags were they???

  2. Why could you just force him to buy her times two of the quantity that he stole, instead of sending him kundende. ma judge athunsotu ku Malawi kuno alibe timing zilizonse kundende.

  3. 5 years for stealing a bag of maize from his mother? I repeat, his mother? My mum wouldn’t allow me to be jailed for her 50kgs bag of fertiliser.

  4. How many bags? Aaaah zauchitsilu. Wina anaba ma million 3 years and anakhululukidwa and wina 50 kg bag of fertilizer which 23000 Malawi kwacha 5 years mukukondela amakhothi.

  5. 370 million divide by K25000 of 50kg bag of fertilizer = 14700 bags of fertilizer. Oba 14700 bags = 3years IHL, Oba 1bag of fertilizer = 5yrs IHL case yo proscutor kuifufuza mwa fast just months munthu is sentenced yet 14700 bags @ 3years komaso kukambidwa over 4yrs, hope the Judiciary shud just order Prison service imange ma prison units ambiri koz osaukafe we r Prison material. CSOs kuli ziii akanakhala mzungu is interested in the case they could hav raised their voices bt aaaaaa waku Nkhotakota. Judiciary what wrong hav we done for u

  6. 370 million divide by K25000 of 50kg bag of fertilizer = 14700 bags of fertilizer. Oba 14700 bags = 3years IHL, Oba 1bag of fertilizer = 5yrs IHL case yo proscutor kuifufuza mwa fast just months munthu is sentenced yet 14700 bags @ 3years komaso kukambidwa over 4yrs, hope the Judiciary shud just order Prison service imange ma prison units ambiri koz osaukafe we r Prison material. CSOs kuli ziii akanakhala mzungu is interested in the case they could hav raised their voices bt aaaaaa waku Nkhotakota. Judiciary what wrong hav we done for u

  7. I don’t condone wat this man did. But now I know that prisons were built for the poor. chaponda anaponda chimanga choti chikanathiza the whole countr koma is not charged till today. Hell no

  8. LET’S THINK BEFORE AR COMPLAINS; MAKOLO AMAPEDZA MOVUTIKILA; SONO IWE MWANA MALO MOTI UONJEDZELE DZOMWE MAKOLO ALINADZO UKUKAWABELANSO; NGATI INU MUMAGANIDZA NDIBWINO KUTELO? MBALI YANGA NDINGAKODWE ANTHU OTELOWA AKALOWE BASI; UKAFUNA KUBA OSAWABELA AMPHAWI ANZAKOYI; KOMA UZIKABELA BOMA NGATI CHAPONDA;

  9. someone is stealing millions from the government, leaving millions of life starving and dying of hunger and at the end being given a 3 year sentence. mabwalu athu amilandu simuli bwino.

  10. 20 years in jail was ideal for this poor wrecked headed moron. His friends are having sleepless nights coz they are failing to buy fertilizer for their parents and he’s doing the opposite? Stupid young man.

    • Zoonad Mr Phiri, 1 bag akanakola matumba mwna 10 Bags of maize, km chaponda waba ma Kgs angat?????A court nd mbuz, nde pot uyu akumumanga coz sawagaile km chaponda anawagailako pang’ono… zachamba basi.