The first grade magistrate court in Mchinji has convicted and sentenced three men to 8 years imprisonment with hard for the robbery in which over 3 million cash was stolen at Mchinji Metro shop.
On Tuesday June 20, the court heard from state prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Dave Kusamale that the suspects who have been on the most wanted list for allegedly being behind series of aggravated robberies in the country were arrested in connection to the Metro robbery.
According to Kusamale the first convict Binali Mataka was arrested during the wee hours of June 5, 2017 by police officers who were on patrols after he was spotted having suspicious movements around Mchinji Boma.
“His arrest was a breakthrough as his accomplices were later cornered in Zomba and Blantyre respectively”.
“The arrest of the three suspects led the police to recover cash amounting to K906,000, two motor vehicles, 2 plasma tv screens,1 laptop, 3 Digital cameras and 2 gas cylinders which were tendered in court as evidence”, said Mchinji Police Publist Kaitano Lubrino.
The trio, admitted taking part in the Metro case before his worship First Grade Mejja Phiri who in his judgement found them guilty for two offences of breaking into a building and committing a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Mejja classified their act(s) as the worst saying the country cannot develop with such kind of minds hence the convicts needed a stiffer penalty to serve as a lesson to would be offenders.
Despite several mitigating factors that the convicts raised but the magistrate slushed them with 8 and 4 years imprisonment with hard labour on the 1st and 2nd counts respectively and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.
Mejja further ruled that the motor vehicle Toyota Passo, registration number MH 1617 that was used during the Mchinji robbery should be forfeited to the Malawi Government.
The convicts; Binali Mataka, 36 years, hails from Kapile village under Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi district, Gerald Yasini, 32 years comes from Chikolongo village in the area of Traditional Authority Mulumbe in Zomba district while Pemba Katinji, 24 hails from Lutinji village under Traditional Authority Katuli in Mangochi district.