Driver 3 years Imprisonment For Stealing Money From Employer

A 42-year-old man identified as Rex Impossible working as a driver has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing money from his employer’s bank account.

The convict transferred K620,000.00 from his boss’s National Bank Account into his Mobile Airtel Money account through MO626 in Blanytre.

This follows his conviction and ruling by the Blantyre Central Senior Resident Magistrate’s Euphrazia Moyo, last month.

The court through state prosecutor Constable Linda Mitole based at Ndirande Police Station heard that Rex Impossible was working as a driver for Joyce Chitakata aged 59, for the past 7 years.

Having trust in her driver Rex, the victim had been sending him to do banking transactions on her behalf plus revealing the pin code to him.

Mitole further told the presiding Magistrate that between May 2022 and early January 2022, Rex took advantage of accessing boss’s pin code and transferred the money into his Mobile Airtel money account through MO 626.

When the victim checked her bank account, she discovered that someone made secret transactions.

Upon contacting the bank officials who after investigations, discovered that the suspect was her driver.

Police upon receipt of the complaint, arrested the driver and charged him with Theft by Servant contrary to Section 286 as read with Section 278 of the Penal Code.

Appearing before court, he pleaded guilty and requested the court to be lenient with him saying, he was the first offender, adding that has family obligations and dependents will suffer if given custodial sentence.

In her submission, state prosecutor Mitole, prayed for stiffer custodial punishment, citing the convict planned and benefited from the evil act and that the employer suffered total loss since the money was not recovered.

The presiding Magistrate quashed the mitigation factors and concurred with the state hence sentencing him to 3 years imprisonment with hard labour, to act as a deterrent to would-be offenders.

The convict comes from Chilemba Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chimaliro in Thyolo District.

Information: Widson Nhlane, Public Relations Officer, Ndirande Police Station.

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