Mphatso Mawenda, a 24 year old Mozambican national from Libwe village in Cobue district has been jailed by the Nkhata Bay First Grade Magistrate court to 10 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for burglary.
State prosecutor Sergeant Keston Chiona told the court that during the night of 1-2 September 2016, the convict together with his friends broke into the house of Miss Noline Njakale at Likoma Island where they went away with assorted items including two mattresses and one piece of Chitenje cloth.
Sgt. Chiona further told the court that after the matter was reported to Likoma police, Mphatso was on September 9, 2016 arrested and was charged with the offence of Bulglary contrary to section 309 (a) of the penal code.
Nkhata Bay Police spokesperson Ignatius Esau said the convict pleaded guilty when he appeared before the court.
“When he appeared before Nkhata Bay First Grade Magistrate court on September 14, 2016, he pleaded guilty to the charge”, said Esau.
In mitigation, he pleaded for forgiveness saying that he came to Malawi just for fishing business and also that he still goes to school, hence sending him to prison will jeopardise his education.
But when passing judgement, First Grade Magistrate Anthony Banda noted with concern that cases of this nature are becoming common at the Island and hence people on that area needs protection.
The magistrate also said that the complainant suffered much since recovery to the stolen items was not made. At this stage, he sentenced the young Mozambican to 10yrs Imprisonment with Hard Labour, though the maximum penalty for Bulglary is death or life imprisonment.