Two Suspected Criminals out on Bail in Thyolo
Thyolo First Grade Magistrate Kondani Chinangwa has granted bail to two of the five suspected criminals, Rizwani Issa and Nichorus June who allegedly robbed two businesspersons of over K4.6 million at gunpoint in the district last month.
Appearing before court on Monday, Thyolo Police State Prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Felix Senzani, insisted that the two are a security risk since their crimes involved the use of a rifle, Webley revolver and it will be difficult to round them up again if they flee.
But defence lawyer, Chancy Gondwe argued that Issa, is cooperative since he handed over himself to police, while lawyer Hanif Aufi said June will abide by the bail conditions such as reporting every fortnightly to police.
Meanwhile, after weighing the submissions, Thyolo First Grade Magistrate Kondani Chinangwa ruled that the two be granted bail with two non-cash sureties of K1 million each.
However, another suspect, Dan Kumbuka Dambwe, who is a former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, was not in court since he also attended another case in Blantyre, whereas the other two, Aubrey Chambuluka and Cosmas Amos needed a proof that they would not flee.
The five who pleaded not guilty, are suspected to have committed the robbery counts on 20 and 21 February at Planters Tea Agency (PTA) Number-1 police checkpoint and at a place called Hatchery in the district.
The hearing is expected to commence on 11 April, 2023.