A 20-year-old man in Dowa has been convicted and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment with hard labour for housebreaking and theft.
The Dowa First Grade Magistrate’s Court through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Ezara Bakili heard that the convict Chepetsani Dzonzi on August 25 2021 at Misanjo Village in Dowa District broke and entered a house of Rodwell Kanthiti and stole two bags of maize, one cellphone and cash, all valued at K50 000.00.
Appearing before court, the convict pleaded guilty to two charges of housebreaking and theft contrary to Section 309 and 278 of the Penal Code respectively.
In his ruling, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri said the offences committed are serious in nature hence the need to mete out a stiff punishment to the offender as a warning to others with similar intentions.
The magistrate then sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment with hard labour for housebreaking and 6 months IHL for theft.
The sentences to run concurrently.
Chepetsani Dzonzi comes from Mgonela Village in Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa District.
In a related development, the same court has convicted and sentenced 19-year-old man, Bauleni Meke, of Mbiya Village in Traditional Authority Vusojere in Ntchisi District to 3 years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into a building and committing felony therein.
The same court has also convicted and sentenced 26-year-old man, Happy Gelesoni of Chauwa Village in Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa District to pay a fine of K20 000.00 or in default serve 3 months imprisonment with hard labour for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to Section 354 of the Penal Code.