Crime

Six convicted for contravening farm-gate regulations in Dowa

The Dowa First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Monday convicted and sentenced six people to pay fines for contravening farm-gate regulations.

The court through state prosecutor Inspector Christopher Daluni heard that the convicts Semu Tiyumbenawo, 49, Khefasi William, 21, Champion Samson, 27, Isaac Chisanga, 28, Andrew Nyirenda, 46 and Samuel Thokozani Stafuel, 26, were arrested for buying farm produce below government set up price and buying farm produce without licences.

Appearing before court, all the six convicts pleaded guilty to the charges of buying farm produce below government set up price and buying farm produce without licences contravening farm-gate regulations.

In his submission, state prosecutor Inspector Christopher Daluni asked the court to mete out a stiff punishment to the offenders as a warning to other would-be offenders and to regulate farm-gate regulations.

Presiding over the case, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri concurred with the state’s submission for a stiff punishment and sentenced four of them to pay fines of K80 000.00 each or in default serve 6 months imprisonment with hard labour for buying farm produce below government set up price and two of them have been ordered to pay fines of K50 000.00 each or in default serve 4 months imprisonment with hard labour for buying farm produce without licences.

The convicts have since paid the fines.

In a related development, the same court has convicted and sentenced seven people to pay fines for failing to comply with Covid-19 rules and regulations.

The court through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Agnes Mphinga heard that the seven convicts were arrested for operating a business outside permitted hours and failing to wear face masks at a public place contravening to Covid-19 rules and regulations.

Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri ordered two of them to pay fines of K50 000.00 each or in default serve 6 months imprisonment with hard labour for operating a business outside permitted hours whilst five of them have been ordered to pay fines of K5000 each or in default serve 2 months imprisonment with hard labour.

The convicts have since paid the fines.

Gladson M'bumpha

Gladson M'pumpha is a Public Relations Officer for Dowa Police

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