Feb 07, 2015
Malawi’s first grade magistrate Damson Banda on friday sentenced Ntcheu prison warder to six years imprisonment with hard labor for burglary and theft.
First grade magistrate Banda sitting at Ntcheu magistrate court sentenced the warder 36 year old Orphan Kampanda alongside his co convict Harold Jiya 26, whom he also assisted escape a 13 year jail sentence at Ntcheu prison on similar offences.
Earlier before the sentence, Police prosecutor Assistant commissioner of police Nepiyasi Chafikana told the court that the two accused deserved a stiffer sentence as they terrorised Ntcheu boma with burglaries and theft.
Assistant commissioner Nepiyasi said:-“It was sad to note that as a prison warder, the second accused Orphan Kampanda in 2013 assisted the first accused Harold Jiya, escape a 13 year old jail sentence at Ntcheu prison.”They later joined forces and in burglary and theft”
In mitigation, the first accused Harold Jiya asked the court to consider that he has another 13 year jail term to serve.
Kampanda also begged the court for leniency saying he is a first offender and that he has also lost his job as well as benefits.
But Balaka first grade magistrate Damson Banda sitting at Ntcheu magistrate court quashed mitigation, saying te offences committed were dangerous.
First grade magistrate Banda ordered the first accused to serve a six year jail term that will run consecutively to the first sentence of 13 years.
Magistrate Banda also slapped the second accused Orphan Kampanda to six years imprisonment.
From a prison warder, Orphan Kampanda who comes from Kavulala village T/A. Chioko in Ntchisi, is a prisoner at Ntcheu prison where he was working.
His accomplice Harold Jiya hails from Magowe village traditional authority Ganya in Ntcheu district.
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