5 Years IHL for Looting During Demos

Magistrate Alex Kantiki said there is indeed need to pass stiff punishments to such people as they dent the image of demonstrations to be seen as a violent thing. Magistrate Alex Kantiki said there is indeed need to pass stiff punishments to such people as they dent the image of demonstrations to be seen as a violent thing. - File photo

Court in Salima on Monday convicted a man and sentenced him to five years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) on charges of breaking into a building and committed a felony during the ant-Jane Ansah demonstrations on 18 September, 2019 in the district.

The convict, Denis Kanyemba, is said to be among the people who broke DAPP shop in the district and went away with assorted items during the demonstration.

Police with Malawi Defense Force soldiers’ support arrested some people on charges of malicious damage and breaking into a building and committing a felony therein.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Edwin Walla told the court that the Kanyemba took advantage of the peaceful demonstrations to commit an offence by destroying property and stealing from a DAPP shop.

Magistrate Alex Kantiki said there is indeed need to pass stiff punishments to such people as they dent the image of demonstrations to be seen as a violent thing.

He then charged Kanyemba to four years on count of malicious damage and five years for breaking into a building and committed a felony therein to run concurrently.

The convict, 22, hails from Maonga village Traditional Authority Kalonga in the district.

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