Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate Court has sentenced Kimu Davie ,49, to nine years imprisonment with hard labour after the court found him guilty of house breaking and theft contrary to Section 309(a) and 278 of penal code.
State Prosecutor Amos Mwase told the court on Thursday that the convict broke into the house of Ellen Naura and stole property amounting to K751,000.
“On 19th February, when Mrs Naura went to church, the convict broke and entered the victim's house at St. John's Girls Primary School and stole one Lenovo laptop, Ecco plasma TV screen, one radio receiver, K86,000 cash and other items all valued to K751, 000,” said Mwase
Mwase also added that the police have recovered a Laptop and the Ecco Plasma from the one who bought the stolen items in the same district.
After the victim reported the case to Chimwala Police Unit, the police arrested the convict on the same day and he was later taken to Mangochi Police station.
Davie pleaded guilty to the charges and this prompted the court to convict him upon his own plea of guilty.
In submission, Mwase asked the court to grant Davie stiffer punishment saying, the offences were felonies and were on the increase in the district, adding that the convict planned very well to commit the offence.
In mitigation the convict asked the court for leniency saying that he was first offender apart from being a bread winner in his family.
Passing the sentence, Second Grade Magistrate, Baxter Chikalimba said such offences bring fear to the public and this calls for custodial sentence.
“Such offences are rampant in Mangochi such that business people, foreigners and civil servants are becoming victims and these offences create fear and trauma among victims,” Chikalimba said, adding that the offenses committed are felonies
He therefore sentenced Davie to 81 months for the first count of house breaking and 27 months for the second count and that the sentence should run concurrently.
Kimu Davie comes from Chilunda Village, in the area of Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi district.