Man fined for selling counterfeit products in Dowa

Man fined for selling counterfeit products in Dowa

A 21-year-old man in Dowa has been convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of K50 000.00 or in default serve 9 months imprisonment with hard labour for selling counterfeit products.

The Dowa First Grade Magistrate's Court through state prosecutor Sergeant Joseph Banda heard that the convict Yamikani Saopa on March 4 2022 at Chezi Trading Centre in Dowa District was found selling counterfeit products.

State prosecutor Sergeant Joseph Banda further told the court that the convict offered to sell five litres of fake cooking oil to a certain woman at Chezi Trading Centre at a price of K6000 but the woman had only K2000 and promised to pay the balance later of which the convict denied.

The woman later asked another man who fries chips at Chezi Trading Centre to buy the cooking oil then it was discovered that it was not cooking oil but rather a mixture of Barks Juice, water and little cooking oil.

The matter was reported to police, leading to the arrest of the convict.

Appearing before court, the convict pleaded not guilty to a charge of selling counterfeit products contrary to Section 388 of the Penal Code. This prompted the state to parade three witnesses leading to his conviction.

In mitigation, the convict asked the court for leniency, saying he is a breadwinner to his family and that he is a first offender.

In his submission, state prosecutor Sergeant Joseph Banda pleaded with the court to pass a stiff punishment to the offender as a warning to others with similar intentions.

Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Robert Botha concurred with the state's submission and sentenced the man to pay a fine of K50 000.00 or in default serve 9 months imprisonment with hard labour as a deterrent to others with similar deeds.

The convict, Yamikani Saopa, comes from M'biza Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nthiramanja in Mulanje District.