The Chief Resident Magistrate Court’s in Blantyre has convicted and sentenced a man, Piasoni Innocent Moffat, 21, to 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for illegally possessing a firearm.
Police arrested the accused (now convict) on October 9 2019 following a tip from well-wishers.
On the stated date, the accused boarded a minibus from Blantyre to Limbe, and acting on the tip, police followed up the matter until they found the minibus at Kapenga minibus terminal in Limbe before it offloaded passengers.
He was spotted and arrested. A search in his bag led to recovery of an Air Pistol.
When quizzed, he confessed to have bought the said fire arm in South Africa and was offering it for sale in Malawi.
Appearing before court, Moffat pleaded guilty to the charge.
Police Prosecutor, Inspector Evance Kantukule of Blantyre Police prayed with the court to impose a stiffer sentence to the accused, saying the offence is a serious one and that possessing a firearm without being trained is dangerous to society.
Passing the sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Godfrey Balaka concurred with the state and said the accused deserved a sharp custodial sentence.
Magistrate Balaka then slapped Moffat with 2 years imprisonment with hard labour, saying this should deter would be offenders from committing similar crimes.
Moffat hails from Maganiza Village, Traditional Authority Kapichi in Thyolo.
In a related development, the Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate court has convicted and sentenced a 29 year old man, Steven Kachale, 29, to eighteen months imprisonment with hard labour for assaulting another over a Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club scarf.
The victim, Julius Mlombwa, 25, met his fate on October 5 2019 at Mibawa minibus terminal in Blantyre.
On this particular day, he (victim) was coming from Kamuzu Stadium after watching a football match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Beforward Wanderers football clubs. He had around his neck a Big Bullets scarf and intended to board a minibus home.
He was approached by Kachale who stripped him off his scarf.
When he asked why the accused did this to him, he was responded with a myriad of blows.
The victim managed to flee, but after sustaining serious injuries. He reported the matter at Blantyre Police where he was referred to Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital.
It was discovered at the hospital that Mlombwa sustained a fractured lower jaw during the incident.
Kachale was apprehended by police and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, a charge he denied.
After full trial, he was found guilty.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Felix Joseph pleaded with the court to impose a stiffer
sentence to the accused taking into account the fact that the victim sustained a serious injury and has not yet fully recovered.
Pronouncing the sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Godfrey Balaka agreed with the state and sentenced Kachale to 18 months imprisonment with hard for others to learn.
Kachale hails from Poya Village, Traditional Authority Mpama in Chiradzulu.
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Sub-Inspector Augustus Nkhwazi
Public Relations Officer
Blantyre Police Station.