Zomba — A 20 year old Youngman Graciano Silia has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for stealing a hunter bicycle worthy K25, 000.
Zomba Police Public Relations Officer, Constable Andrew Mayawo, told Malawi News Agency, Zomba First Grade Magistrate Chamvi gave the verdict in Zomba saying the cases of burglary and theft are on the rise, therefore, the offender has to be punished severe, so that others who want to follow suit should take a bitter lesson.
According to Mayawo the Magistrate also ruled that Silia should serve 6 years and 2 years imprisonment with hard labour for the offences of burglary and theft respectively to run concurrently.
He also said Police Prosecutor Constable Andrew Boloma of Jali Police told the court Silia enter into the house of the complainant Teleza Gundani and stole the bicycle.
"Gundani had seen Silia chatting with her brother around the house in the evening and when she wanted to go to bed she discovered that the bicycle was nowhere in the house.
She asked about Silia being suspicious of him being the only intruder in the compound, only to be told he had left suddenly," Mayawo explained.
Mayawo said the matter was immediately reported to Village Headman Chilumpha and Silia was arrested after some people had informed the chief they had seen him riding the stolen bicycle at Jali trading center on the day of the incident.
Although Silia, an assistant fisherman known as Bilaman at Lake Chilwa pleaded to the court for lenience saying he committed the offence under the influence of the devil, the Police publicist said Magistrate Chamvi sentenced him to 8 years imprisonment with hard labour to deter others from doing the same.
Silia hails from Chilumpha Village T/A Mwambo from Zomba district and was working as an assistant fisherman at Lake Chilwa.