The Chitipa First Grade Magistrate Court has on Friday,June 3,2022 convicted and Sentenced a 28-year-old, Blessings Nyirenda to 14 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for robbing Williams Sibale’s motorcycle in the District.
The Court heard through State Prosecutor Inspector James Kanyumbu that on May 4,2022 at 16:00 hours,the Convict together with his a complice Mastano Sakaza kafunda who is at large, assaulted Williams Sibale with a metal bar several times and robbed-off his King lion Motorcycle along Wenya-Kapirinkhonde road.
The Court further heard that on the material day,the Convict and his friend hired the victim (Sibale)to ferry them from Wenya to kapirinkhonde on his Motorcycle.Whilist on way,the convict pretended to go for a call of nature and when the victim stopped,the convict hit him with a metal bar several times leaving him unconscious and went away with the Motorcycle.Wellwishers took the victim to Wenya Health Centre and later was referred to Chitipa District Hospital.
Appearing in Court, Nyirenda admitted to a charge of Armed Robbery levelled against him.
In mitigation, Nyirenda said he was the first offender and that he was misled by his friend who told him to escort him.
In his submission, Kanyumbu told the Court that though the Convict is a first offender,the convict escaped to Zambia to avert the course of justice and the offence committed is a felony.He further told the Court that the offence was committed in company, violence was used and the victim suffered physical injuries as well as monetary as a k1,300,000.00 worth Motorcycle has not been recovered.
Kanyumbu told the Court that the Convict is not
only a threat to Society but a dangerous person who ought to be kept away from the general public.He therefore prayed for a stiffer sentence to teach him a lesson and other would be offenders.
When passing judgement Magistrate Billy Ngosi concurred with the State and slapped Nyirenda with a 14 year jail term.
Robbery with Violence contravenes section 300 sub section (1) and (2) of the penal code.
Nyirenda hails from Kazilalwe village in the area of Traditional Authority Chindi in Mzimba district.