The Blantyre Magistrate’s Court has today sentenced two men to ten years imprisonment with hard labour for armed robbery.
The court heard that on 18 November 2011, the two, 40-year-old Richard Almando and 30-year-old Harold Mpoya, armed with a pistol, robbed business man Mathias Mbuzi in his shop at Manja township in Blantyre and went away with cash amounting to K120, 000 ($211) and TNM Cell phone and Airtime amounting to K150,000 ($264).
The two were arrested after police investigations few months later.
Passing judgement, First Grade Magistrate Kondani Chinangwa said he gave a stiff punishment to deter would be offenders.
Almando hails from Nakholo village in the area of Traditional Authority Kaduya in Mulanje while Mpoya comes from Magwira village in the area of Traditional Authority Chimaliro in Thyolo.
And still in Blantyre, Police on Thursday night arrested 40-year-old Charles Fred, one of the seven robbers who have been terrorizing residents at Chilomoni Fargo. Assistant Police Public Relations Officer for Blantyre Andrew Mayawo said Fred together with his six friends have been stealing various items in the township for three consecutive nights since Monday.
He was arrested while trying to rob from a fourth home while his accomplices escaped police.
“We launched an operation in the area after receiving several complaints and when they realised we were tracking them they started to run away but we managed to catch Fred,” said Mayawo.
He added that the suspect was found with Panga knives, arrows and burger bars which he used to break doors and windows of the houses they stole from.
“He was also using the items to break windscreens for vehicles to steal some accessories inside the vehicles and for wounding guards,” explained Mayawo.
Police are still searching for the six escapees.