Lilongwe Senior Magistrate on Thursday fined 14 people K10, 000 each for contravening Covid-19 regulations in Lilongwe.
State Prosecutor Sub Inspector Kettie Mvula said the 14 people who include 8 sex workers were arrested on the night of 26th January 2021 from Chinsapo 2, Chitipi, Njewa and Area 36 when Police found them with no mask on during their enforcement of Covid-19 regulations.
According to Lilongwe Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Sergeant Foster Benjamin, all the 14 people pleaded guilty to charges which were leveled against them.
Benjamin said the state asked the court for a harsh punishment to the 14 convicts arguing that they seem not ready to help government in containing further spread of the deadly pandemic in the country.
“The state through Prosecutor Mvula pleaded with the same court to give out a harsh punishment to the 14 people bearing in mind that the case they were answering was very serious considering that they were a threat to society since they had no masks which they would likely spread or contract Covid-19”, said Benjamin.
Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana said in determination that the defendants’ conduct endangers lives of the community.
In passing her judgment, Msekandiana slapped the 14 with K10, 000 fine urging them to be law abiding citizens and proactive in taking part in the fight against Coronavirus.
Sergeant Benjamin however said all the 14 convicts have already paid all fines.
In a related development, Police in Dowa are keeping in custody 9 people for failing to comply with Covid-19 preventive measures.
Dowa Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Gladson M’bumpha told NewsDay Malawi that the suspects were arrested on 28th January 2021 evening at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in the District.
“Dowa Police station team led by Detective Assistant Superintendent Chance Sibale were on general observation within Dzaleka Refugee Camp where they found that many shops were open doing business as usual. Police immediately arrested the suspects and charged them with flouting Covid-19 regulations”, said Sergeant M’bumpha.
The suspects will soon appear in court to answer charges leveled against them