A 41-year-old man who was working as a builder in Lilongwe has been sentenced to one and a half year in prison by Lilongwe First Grade Magistrate Court for trying to commit suicide.
According to State Prosecutor, Sub Inspector Damiano Nyasulu, the convict, Yakilini Chinsepo was working as a builder at Almeida Construction Company where he stole two jerrycans of 100 litres, 28 iron sheets, four door frames, 16 timbers and wire.
His boss suspected him and when he tried to inquire, the convict rushed into the company’s hut and locked himself in. He was later found struggling on a piece of rope in an attempt to commit suicide.
In court, he pleaded guilty and asked the court to be lenient saying he has kids to look after. But the state prayed for a stiff punishment arguing if he has succeeded hanging himself to death, his employer could’ve been liable to criminal charges.
Passing the judgment, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri agreed with the state and imposed a one-and-a-half-year jail sentence on Chinsepo.
He hails from Msambo village, T/A Chimutu in Lilongwe.