K3 million robbers jailed for 8 years

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The first grade magistrate court in Mchinji has sentenced three men to 8 years imprisonment each for stealing over K3 million cash at Mchinji Metro shop.

The three are Binali Mataka, 36, Gerald Yasini, 32, and Pemba Katinji who is aged 24.

The court heard from state prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Dave Kusamale that the convicts who had been on the Police most wanted list for being behind a series of aggravated robberies in the country were arrested in connection to the Metro robbery.

According to Kusamale, the first accused Mataka was arrested during the wee hours of June 5, 2017 by police officers who were on patrol after he was spotted moving suspiciously around Mchinji Boma.

His arrest was a breakthrough as his accomplices were later cornered in Zomba and Blantyre.

The arrest of the three led the police to recover cash amounting to K906,000, two motor vehicles, 2 plasma TV screens, 1 laptop, 3 Digital cameras and 2 gas cylinders which were tendered in court as evidence.

The trio admitted taking part in the Metro case before his worship First Grade Magistrate Mejja Phiri who then found them guilty of two offences of breaking into a building and committing a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Mejja classified their acts as the worst saying the country cannot develop with such kind of minds hence the convicts needed a stiff penalty to serve as a lesson to would be offenders.

Despite several mitigating factors that the convicts raised, the magistrate slashed them with 8 and 4 years imprisonment with hard labour each on the 1st and 2nd counts respectively and said the sentences will run concurrently.

Mejja further ruled that the motor vehicle Toyota Passo, registration number MH 1617 that was used during the Mchinji robbery should be forfeited to the Malawi Government.

Mataka hails from Kapile village Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi while Katinji hails from Lutinji village, Traditional Authority Katuli in Mangochi.

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