Thyolo Magistrate Reserves Bail Ruling for Suspected Armed Robbers
Thyolo First Grade Magistrate Kondani Chinangwa on Monday reserved his bail ruling for the five men who allegedly robbed two businesspersons of over K4.6 million and some valuables at gunpoint in the district last month.
One of the five, Dan Kumbuka Dambwe, who is a former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, was arrested after he also joined the Malawi Prison Service (MPS) as a recruit.
The others are; Riz Issa, Aubrey Chambuluka, Cosmas Amos and Nichorus June who have all pleaded not guilty to the robbery counts committed on 20 and 21 February at Planters Tea Agency (PTA) Number-1 police checkpoint and at another place called Hatchery in the district.
Appearing in court for plea taking and bail application, Thyolo Police State Prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Felix Senzani, said the five allegedly committed the aggravated robberies, contrary to section 301(2) of Penal Code, in which among others, they robbed a businesslady at Number-1 police checkpoint using a gun, Webley revolver.
Police investigations also revealed that the five had different roles, one of them was responsible for supplying the guns, while another who is a resident, was spoting the targets.
However, the five pleaded not guilty to the offense and they through their defence, Chidothe and Chidothe Company and Prisca Masumba of Legal Aid Bureau applied for bail.
But state prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Felix Senzani, insisted that the five are a security risk since their crimes involved the use of a rifle, and it will be difficult to round them up again if they are out.
Meanwhile, First Grade Magistrate Kondani Chinangwa has since adjourned the matter to 10 March 2023 when he shall make his ruling.
After the robberies, police recovered a dumped Toyota Sienta and some items in it which led to the arrest of the five.