Court Jails Man for Swindling Examination Fees

Chikalimba concurred with the state hence sentenced him to 3 and half-years imprisonment Chikalimba concurred with the state hence sentenced him to 3 and half-years imprisonment

A Second Grade Magistrate's Court in Mangochi on Monday, July 24, 2023, convicted and sentenced a 51-year-old Timothy Maputu, to three and half years imprisonment with hard labour for fraudulently obtaining Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination (PSLCE) fees for Standard 8 pupils.

The court heard through prosecutor lnspector Shadreck Wisiki that, Maputu a former Director of Promise Private Primary School, collected a total of K250,000 from 30 candidates in December 2022, but later sold the school to another individual in January 2023 due to financial difficulties.

Prosecutor Wisiki added that, on May 9, 2023, the new school director discovered that the convict had failed to remit the collected funds to the Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB).

"This realization came to light when he contacted the board to request examination identity cards and numbers for the candidates," said Wisiki.

Appearing in court, Mapitu, pleaded not guilty, prompting the state to parade five witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In mitigation he asked for court's leniency citing that he has family obligations.

In his submission, prosecutor Wisiki reminded the court that the convict had destroyed the future of the candidates and his inhumane actions had caused psychological torture to the students hence prayed for a custodial sentence.

Passing sentence Second Grade Magistrate Baxter Chikalimba concurred with the state hence sentenced him to 3 and half-years imprisonment with hard labour as a deterrent to other would-be offenders.

Maputu comes from Mpinganjira Village, Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi district.

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