11 February 2014

Malawi: Habitual Car Hijacker Sentenced to 8 Years

Lilongwe — A man fromChakwanira Village, Traditional Authority Kalumbu in Lilongwe, who according to police records, has been arrested and convicted of car hijacking has been jailed to eight years imprisonment with hard labour.

Confirming the incident in an interview with Mana, Central Region Police Public Relations Officer, John Namalenga, said the suspect identified as Felix Chimpeni, was arrested at Mitundu after he had stolen a vehicle at Biwi Anglican Church on 19th January, 2014 while the owner was attending church service.

"While the owner of a motor vehicle whose registration number is BN 581, a Toyota Hilux Double Cabin, was attending church service, the accused used a duplicate key to drive the vehicle to 6 Miles where he dismantled it," said Namalenga.

According to Namalenga, the police intensified a search for the vehicle which resulted in the recovery of the vehicle's engine and gear box and the arrest of Chimpeni who had been convicted on similar charges of Theft of Vehicle contrary to Section 282(i) of the Penal Code.

"Prosecutor Levison Mangani, Assistant Commissioner of Police in his antecedents told the court that the accused is not a first offender as he had just been released from prison where he was jailed on similar charges," said Namalenga.

Passing judgement Senior Resident Magistrate, Patrick Chirwa, concurred with the state prosecutor describing Chimpeni as posing security danger to society hence slapping him with long-jail-sentence.

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