The Nkhata Bay Firtst Grade Magistrate court on November 9, 2016 sentenced a 34 year old man identified as Lameck Banda to 4 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour after finding him guilty for the offence of burglary and theft.
Nkhata Bay Police publist Ignatius Esau said that on the night of July 22, 2016 Miss Sabina Jere who works as a manageress for London lodge which is located within Chintheche trading centre left her house which is located within the premises of London lodge well secured and proceeded to her friend’s house where she spent a night.
“The following day, she was surprised to see that one of her house windows was broken and when she went inside the house, she discovered that some of her items that included K11, 000 cash, keys for the said lodge, lotions and assorted pair of shoes were missing”, said Esau.
After matter was reported to police, the suspect was arrested on July 25, 2016 and was charged with two counts of burglary and theft contrary to sections 309 and 278 of the penal code respectively.
Appearing before court, two witnesses were paraded after the suspect had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Nevertheless, on November 9, 2016 the court went on to find him guilty and in his mitigations, he pleaded with the court to show leniency when sentencing him since most of the items that he stole were recovered.
The First Grade Magistrate Manson Phiri when passing sentence noted with concern the rising number of such cases in the district. He later handed the convict a 4 year jail term for the offence of burglary and 1 year for theft, sentences to run concurrently.
Lameck Banda comes from Msundu village in the area of Traditional Authority Malanda in Nkhata Bay district.