The Kasungu First Grade Magistrate court sitting at Kasungu on Tuesday, 23 August, 2016 sentenced Agness Chisale, 26, to pay a fine of MK200,000.00 or in default to spend 18 months behind bars.
Agness Chisale was arrested on 18 August, 2016 at Chisazima Roadblock when police who were conducting search duties came across 3 bags of Indian Hemp which Agness Chisale confessed to be hers.
She was charged with an offence of Being Found in Possession of Indian Hemp without a licence contrary to Section 4(a) of Dangerous Drugs Regulations.
In court, Agness pleaded guilty as charged. However she pleaded for a lenient sentence for being the first offender but the State through Prosecutor Inspector Griffin Luhanga of Kasungu Police requested the court to give Agness Chisale a sentence that will send a warning to the public.
Luhanga however, bemoaned the increase of such habits where people have resorted to possessing, distributing and moving with such a dangerous drug willy nilly.
Before giving sentence, His Worship, First Grade Magistrate Damiano Banda concurred with Luhanga and said that such a dangerous drug ought not to be distributed just anyhow if we are to protect the society from using this dangerous drug for fun.
Banda then sentenced Agness Chisale to pay a K200,000.00 fine or in default serve a 18 months jail term.
Agness Chisale hails from Kantchere village under Traditional Authority Kayembe in Dowa district.