Man Gets 10-years for Stealing Cellphones

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Mangochi First Grade Magistrate Court on Wednesday July 8, 2020 convicted and sentenced Daudi Bernard to 10-years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing various items including cellphones in the district.

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

Mangochi Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Amina Tepani Daudi said during this period, Bernard broke into a number of houses including a house of Patricia Chiphwanya a Clerk at Senior Resident Magistrate court.

According to Daudi , the convict went away with property such as laptops, 3 Cellphones, 2 Plasma TVs, DVD player, remote control among others all items worthy K1.8 million.

“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 Bernard pleaded guilty to two counts and denied other charges prompting the state to parade Four witnesses who proved the case beyond all reasonable doubt,” she said.

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

First Grade Magistrate Mtunduwatha Mpasu concurred with the state for a stiff penalty.

He therefore sentenced him to 36 months for Bulglary, 30 months for another count of Bulglary, 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.