Criminal sentenced 10 year IHL for felonies as DPP plunders still walk free

Mangochi First Grade Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced Daudi Bernard to 10-years imprisonment with hard labour for committing a series of serious crimes in the district.

During court proceedings, Mangochi Police prosecutor Sub Inspector Regina Makwinja told court that Daudi has been terrorising and committing serious breakings within the district from the month of April to June 2020.

“During this period, he broke into a number of houses including a house of Patricia Chiphwanya a Clerk at Senior Resident Magistrate court. He went away with property such as laptops, 3 Cellophanes, 2 Plasma TVs, DVD player, remote control among other electronic appliances worth K1.8 million, said Makwinja.

Deputy public relations officer for the station, Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi told MBC that Investigations were initiated and Mangochi Police detectives apprehended him on June 5, 2020 within the township and recovered some of the stolen property.

Appearing in court Daudi pleaded guilty to two counts and denied other charges prompting the state to parade four witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In mitigation Daudi shocked the court claiming he has nothing to say. Prosecutor Makwinja asked court for a custodial sentence while justifying that Daudi has been giving residents sleepless nights because of his criminal activities.

First Grade Magistrate Mtunduwatha Mpasu concurred with the state for a stiff penalty.
He therefore sentenced Daudi to 36 months for Burglary, 30 months for another count of Burglary, 30 months for theft and 26 months imprisonment with hard labour for another count of theft saying the sentences should run consecutively.

Daudi Bernard hails from Mwala Village, Traditional Authority Bwananyambi in Mangochi.

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