THREE DOWA MEN JAILED FOR ENDANGERING SAFETY OF PERSONS TRAVELLING BY ROAD
Three men in Dowa District have been convicted and sentenced to 36 months imprisonment with hard labour each for endangering safety of persons travelling by road and common nuisance.
The convicts are 27-year-old Jonathan Malata from Pondani Village, 18-year-old Oswald Julius from Malenga Village, both from Traditional Authority Mkukula and 26-year-old Goliati Moyo from Sangu Village, Traditional Authority Chiwere, all from Dowa District.
The Dowa First Grade Magistrate’s Court through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Sam Kurtball Chimkombero heard that the convicts on September 18 2019 burnt tyres and blocked the Salima-Lilongwe Road near Chezi Trading Centre where they were demanding money from road users under the pretext of holding demonstrations.
Appearing before court on Thursday, the convicts denied the charges. This prompted the state to parade its witnesses who proved the case beyond reasonable doubt leading to the convictions of the three.
In mitigation, the convicts pleaded with the court for leniency, saying they are first offenders and that they are also breadwinners.
However, in his submission, state prosecutor Sub Inspector Sam Kurtball Chimkombero asked the court for stiff punishment, saying the offence committed is serious in nature despite the convicts being the first offenders and that the only way to deter other would be offenders is by giving the convicts stiff punishment.
In his ruling, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri concurred with the state for a stiff punishment, adding that what the convicts did was indeed endangering safety of persons travelling by road and that they were not peaceful demonstrations but they had other intentions.
He then sentenced each of them to 36 months imprisonment with hard labour as a warning to others with similar intentions.//END//
BY: SUB INSPECTOR GLADSON M’BUMPHA-PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER (PRO) FOR DOWA POLICE STATION