Two people have been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment by Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate court after they were found guilty on two counts of robbery.
The two are identified as Matafale Wilson (20) and Safali Moses Allan (19).
State Prosecutor Sub Inspector Bauleni Namasani told the court that the duo and six others currently at large were armed with pangas and hiding near Maula Parish main gate at about 20:30 hours on March 10 this year.
“They ambushed two people who were walking home, robbing them of two cellphones (iPhone 10 and Huawei), one driving licence, two ATM cards, all valued at K1. 2 million and some cash amounting to K10, 000. Police launched a manhunt and apprehended Wilson and Moses Allan,” said Namasani.
In their trial, they admitted to robbing the two victims and, in mitigation, asked the court to show them some leniency.
The State, however, prayed for a harsh penalty, considering the gravity of the crime and the manner in which it was committed since it was an organized one.
In his sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate James Mankhwazi determined that the duo deserved long prison sentences since they were a threat to society.
He went on and slapped Wilson and Moses Allan each with 10 years for the first count and 11 years for the second count of robbery, in which both crimes will run concurrently.
Wilson comes from Kaonjeza Village Traditional Authority (T/A) Masumbankhunda in Lilongwe District and Moses Allan is from Kunjawaga Village T/A Tambala in Dedza District.