Mirriam Singini

Two drivers fined for causing death by reckless driving in Lumbadzi

 

The Mkukula First Grade Magistrate's Court on Monday, June 7, 2021 convicted and sentenced a 40 year-old driver, Khumbo Matthews Kalulu, to pay K400, 000 fine or in default to serve one year imprisonment with hard labour for causing death by reckless driving.

The court through state prosecutor, Inspector Aufi Ali, heard that on March 11, 2021, Kalulu was driving Honda Step Wagon registration number KK 8609 from Lumbadzi heading to Kanengo in Lilongwe.

Inspector Ali further told the court that, upon arrival at Central Poultry near Madonna Foundation along Lilongwe - Kasungu M1 Road, Kalulu hit three female pedestrians who were crossing the road.

The three were rushed to St. Luke Daeyang Hospital where upon arrival one Magret Kaimila was pronounced dead due to severe head injuries while the other two pedestrians sustained minor injuries.

Appearing before the court, Kalulu pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death by reckless driving contrary to Section 126 (4c) of the Road Traffic Act.

Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Cecilia Onsewa ordered Kalulu to pay K400, 000 fine or in default to serve one year imprisonment with hard labour. He further ordered that K100, 000 should go to the bereaved family as compensation.

Additionally, the court ordered him to pay K80, 000 and K50, 000 as compensation to Anna Gongweya and Teleza Richard respectively who sustained minor injuries during the accident.

In a related development, the same court has convicted and sentenced a 33-year -old female driver, Misozi Kankhande Bonongwe to pay K300, 000 fine for similar offence.

The court ordered that K100, 000 should be compensated to the deceased's family.

Meanwhile, both convicts have since paid the fines to escape jail terms.

Kalulu comes from Gomba Village, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota while Misozi hails from Chantulo Village, Traditional Authority Nankhumba in Mangochi district.

Police in Lumbadzi are therefore appealing to all road users including motorists to adhere to road safety regulations to avoid similar accidents.

 

Mirriam Singini

British National commits suicide in Mangochi

 

A 70-year-old British National identified as David Henry Graves has died after hanging himself with a rope to a roof in the kitchen.

The incident occurred on the wee hours of June 7, 2021 at Michesi Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.

According to the deceased's wife, Jane Rex, 34, in the afternoon of June 6, 2021 as usual she went out for drinking with friends and left the husband at home.

She came back totally drunk in the wee hours of the next day and went straight to bed, but was awaken by their son in the morning who informed her that he saw his father hanging to the roof of the kitchen.

The wife rushed to the kitchen where she found her husband lifeless. 

After checking her phone, she found a suicide message which was sent to her by her husband before taking his own life.

According to the suicide note, the British National was complaining about his wife's tendency of going out frequently leaving him at home alone and he felt neglected.

"Darling, my true love being out drinking and coming late appears to be more important to you than any promise you made to me, it seems that you respect a bottle of beer more than you respect me.

 One cannot trust anything that you promised me anymore, we won't be able to discuss this as that's when sunami jane appears. I can't just leave this way," reads part of the suicide note.

The matter was reported at Koche Police Unit who rushed to the scene and took the dead body to Koche Health Centre where suffocation has been indicated as the cause of death.

Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to convey the dead body to Lilongwe area 18 cemetery where burial will take place.

Police are therefore appealing to the public to refrain from taking their own lives whenever they face challenges in life. They should rather seek help or talk to someone about it.

David Henry Graves hailed from United Kingdom.

Mirriam Singini

Man dies after shop caught fire

 

A 24 year old man has died in Nkhotakota after a shop he was guarding caught fire.

Nkhunga Police publicist, Thandiwe Maseko, identified the deceased as Emmanuel Gamzani who hailed from Zangawekha Village in Traditional Authority Kanyenda's area in the district.

The incident happened on June 5, 2021 at Ngala Trading Centre when the area had experienced electricity blackout.

She said when the deceased entered the shop, he had lit a candle and forgot to put it out when sleeping and it accidentally fell on some items in the shop which led to the shop catching fire.

Postmortem results indicate that the death was due to suffocation secondary to burnt wounds.

Mirriam Singini

Father gets 21 years IHL for defiling own daughter

 

Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate's court has sentenced Henderson Makasu (37) to 21 year’s imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling his own 15-year-old biological daughter.

The court through state prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Evelyn Ntenje of Zomba Police Station told the court that in the year 2017 -2020, the accused had been sleeping with her daughter, while the wife was out for work.

In 2020, the victim was pregnant but she miscarried.

After she sensed danger, the victim ran away to her boyfriend where she disclosed the issue and reported it to police.

The suspect was apprehended by the police after investigations.

Appearing before court, Makasu pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

This prompted the State to parade four witnesses who testified against him to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In mitigation, Makasu asked for court's leniency arguing that he is a bread winner.

In his submission, Ntenje prayed to the court for a stiff sentence and said the accused had a responsibility to look after the victim, but chose to violate his responsibility.

She added that defilement cases are becoming rampant in the country.

Passing sentence Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe, concurred with the state about the seriousness of the offence, hence sentenced Makasu to 21years imprisonment with hard labour.

Makasu comes from Mbengule village, Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba District.

Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate's court has sentenced Henderson Makasu (37) to 21 year’s imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling his own 15-year-old biological daughter.

The court through state prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Evelyn Ntenje of Zomba Police Station told the court that in the year 2017 -2020, the accused had been sleeping with her daughter, while the wife was out for work.

In 2020, the victim was pregnant but she miscarried.

After she sensed danger, the victim ran away to her boyfriend where she disclosed the issue and reported it to police.

The suspect was apprehended by the police after investigations.

Appearing before court, Makasu pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

This prompted the State to parade four witnesses who testified against him to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In mitigation, Makasu asked for court's leniency arguing that he is a bread winner.

In his submission, Ntenje prayed to the court for a stiff sentence and said the accused had a responsibility to look after the victim, but chose to violate his responsibility.

She added that defilement cases are becoming rampant in the country.

Passing sentence Senior Resident Magistrate Rodrick Michongwe, concurred with the state about the seriousness of the offence, hence sentenced Makasu to 21years imprisonment with hard labour.

Makasu comes from Mbengule village, Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba District.

Mirriam Singini

Father arrested for defiling biological daughters in Kawale

 

Kawale Police in Lilongwe has arrested a 73 year old father for defiling his three biological daughters aged between 5 and 12.

The suspect, Malison Phiri, was on the run until June 3, 2021 when he was arrested by Area 23 Police unit in Lilongwe.

It is reported that on June 1, 2021, the suspect was with his three daughters at home and he invited them to his bedroom where he defiled them, one after another.

After the traumatic incident, the girls revealed everything to their mother who immediately alerted the Police.

Referral letters were issued and confirmation was made by Kamuzu Central Hospital that the three girls were sexually assaulted.

Phiri hails from Malendewa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa District.

Kawale Police in Lilongwe has arrested a 73 year old father for defiling his three biological daughters aged between 5 and 12.

The suspect, Malison Phiri, was on the run until June 3, 2021 when he was arrested by Area 23 Police unit in Lilongwe.

It is reported that on June 1, 2021, the suspect was with his three daughters at home and he invited them to his bedroom where he defiled them, one after another.

After the traumatic incident, the girls revealed everything to their mother who immediately alerted the Police.

Referral letters were issued and confirmation was made by Kamuzu Central Hospital that the three girls were sexually assaulted.

Phiri hails from Malendewa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa District.

Mirriam Singini

Man sentenced 6 years for defiling a 10-year old girl

 

 

The First Grade Magistrate's court, in Rumphi has convicted and sentenced a 67 year old man, Goodwin Mwale to six years imprisonment for defiling a 10 year old girl which is against section 138 of the Penal Code.

Rumphi Police Station prosecutor, Sub Inspector Andrew Singini told the court that Mwale committed the offence on March 19, 2021, at Kasenga area in Rumphi.

Singini further told the court that, on the material day, the victim was sent on an errand to buy tomatoes at Kasenga mini-market where she met her fate as she was on her way back home where she met Mwale who coaxed her to his house and upon reaching there, Mwale dragged the victim into his kitchen where he undressed the girl and defiled her.

Abruptly, a certain man identified as Njekuwa Phiri came inside the kitchen where he wanted to discuss their own issues but, was surprised seeing the victim in the said kitchen.

Upon being quizzed, she revealed to have been defiled by Mwale and the matter was immediately reported to the victim's mother who later reported the issue at Rumphi Police Station.

Police referred the victim to Rumphi District Hospital where medical examination revealed that the girl had been defiled lnater, Mwale was arrested and charged with defilement.

Appearing before First Grade Magistrate Radson Gamariel, Mwale pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him and forced the state to parade four witnesses who testified against him and was found guilty.

In submission, Singini prayed for meaningful sentence to teach him and deter other would be offenders saying, defilement cases are on the rise in the district.

In mitigation, Mwale asked court to consider him as he is aged, saying, he cannot survive harsh environment and added that he had no any criminal record apart from the current one.

Passing sentence, Radson Gamariel concurred with state's submissions.

However, Gamariel considered Mwale's mitigation on his age and slapped him with a 6 years jail term.

Mwale comes from Chakhaza village under Traditional Authority in Dowa district.

Martha Pakula

Convicted for buying farm produce using uncertified weighing scales in Dowa

 

Dowa First Grade Magistrate's Court on Saturday, May 22, 2021 convicted and sentenced six people to pay K60, 000 fine each or in default to serve 2 months imprisonment with hard labor for buying farm produce using uncertified weighing scales.

The court through state prosecutor, Inspector Christopher Daluni, heard that the convicts Langton John, 36, Kondwani Giniva, 36, Ganizani Yohane, 28, Mabvuto Katengeza, 42, Snedi Jeffrey, 26, Mbedze James, 27 and Lambat Mukiza, 24, were arrested between May 19 to May 21, 2021 in various trading centers in Dowa District after they were found buying farm produce mainly Soya beans and groundnuts using uncertified weighing scales.

Appearing before court, the convicts pleaded guilty to the charges of buying farm produce using uncertified weighing scales contrary to Section 21 of the Malawi Bureau of Standards.

In his submission, state prosecutor, Inspector Christopher Daluni, pleaded with the court to pass a stiff punishment to the offenders, saying the convicts defied government orders on farm gate prices hence the need for a stiff punishment to send as a warning to other would-be offenders.

Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri, concurred with the state's submission and sentenced each convict to pay a fine of K60,000.00 or in default to serve 2 months imprisonment with hard labor.

The convicts have since paid the fines while the weighing scales have been forfeited to the Malawi Government.

All the convicts come from Dowa District.

 

Mirriam Singini

Three people fined for possessing forest produce in Dowa

 

Three people in Dowa have been ordered to pay fines for being found in possession of forest produce without permit and trafficking forest produce.

Dowa first grade magistrate court through state prosecutor inspector Christopher Daluni heard that Wilson Tambala, 32 and Bisalomu Steven, 24, were arrested for being found in possession of forest produce especially charcoal without a permit whilst Charles Chitembeya, 46, was arrested for trafficking forest produce (charcoal) without a permit at Dowa Turn off Roadblock.

Appearing before court, the convicts pleaded guilty to charges of being found in possession of forest produce without produce pleaded guilty to charges of being found in possession of forest produce without a permit and trafficking forest produce.

In his submission state prosecutor inspector Daluni pleaded with the court for a stiff punishment, saying natural resources like trees are being destroyed hence affecting climate change.

Passing statement, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri concurred with the state’s submission and warned the convicts not to traffick forest produce again.

He then fined Tambala and Steven to pay a fine of K150, 000.00 each or in default serve eight months imprisonment with hard labour while Chitembeya has been ordered to pay a fine of K350, 000.00 or in default serve 10 months imprisonment with hard labour.

The Convicts have since paid the fines and the charcoal has been forfeited to the Malawi Government.

Tambala comes from Kabudula Village in Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe, Steven is from Mtuwa Village in Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu whilst Chitembeya is from Chinduzi Village in Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu.

 

Martha Pakula

17 yr old girl commits suicide

 

A 17 year old girl, Nancy Chingola has committed in Ndirande Township in Blantyre.

According to the Public Relations Officer for Ndirande Police Station Maxwell Jailos, the incident occurred on Monday at 18:00 hours  at Ndirande Mapuloti.

Nancy was left home alongside her brother when their mother went for business at Ndirande Market.

At around midday, Nancy's brother left her with one of his friends in the same neighborhood while washing clothes.

On her return from the market, at around 18:30 hours, the mother found the daughter hanging dead on piece of rope in her bedroom.

With the help of neighbors, the mother untied the lifeless daughter from the rope and laid her down.

She reported to Ndirande Police Station and police officers rushed to the scene.

They took the body to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where death was certified as due to  strangulation.

The deceased hails from Lundu village Traditional Authority Lundu in Chikwawa district.

Meanwhile, Police is appealing to all youths not ot take their lives no matter how hard the situation is.

 

Mirriam Singini

Woman fined for false news publication

Arrested

 

The Lilongwe Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced a 38 -year-old woman, Ireen Chisulo Majiga for publishing false news likely to cause fear and alarm to the public.

The court through state prosecutor Humphreys Makhariha, heard that on March 15, this year the accused published false voice note about a certain suspect who is on remand answering a defilement case.

In his submission, Makhariha asked the court to impose a stiff sentence to Majiga, saying this tendency of false news publicity on social media is increasing and it brings unrest to the public.

Makhariha further told the court that in her voice note that went viral on social media, the woman claimed that the defiler had been released dubiously.

The Cyber-crime unit investigated the matter and arrested Majiga.

Passing the sentence, Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa concurred with the state and ordered Majiga to pay a fine of K50, 000.00 or in default to serve one month in jail with hard labour.

Appearing before court, Majiga pleaded guity to the charge levelled against her. Meanwhile, she has paid the fine.