The second grade magistrate court sitting at Rumphi Boma has convicted and sentenced Simon Mziwa, 49, to 7 years imprisonment with hard labour for a series of burglary and theft in the district.
State prosecutor Inspector Kelvin Ng’ambi, told the court that Simon Mziwa (convict) broke into a certain house at Manchewe Village, Livingstonia area on January 1, 2023 during the night time.
By then, the owner of the house was hospitalized at Mzuzu Central Hospital, and her child was the one taking care of the house.
The accused stole four blankets, one mattress, beddings and other assorted items valued at K900,000.
In court, Mziwa pleaded guilty, and prayed for leniency to the court when passing its sentence.
In his submission, state prosecutor Inspector Kelvin Ng’ambi asked the court to hand the accused with stiffer punishment citing that cases of such nature have become rampant in the district.
Passing sentence, Second Grade Magistrate
Chikumbutso Kachipande, described the offences committed by the convict as felonious which attract tough penalty.
She then went on to sentence Maziwa to 7 years for first count, and 2 years imprisonment with hard labour for the second count. The sentences to run concurrently.
The convict comes from Mwabanga Village under Traditional Authority Kachulu in Rumphi District.