The Chikwawa First Grade Magistrate’s Court on May 13, 2021 sentenced two 20-year-old men, Ganizani Luka and Davie Makhaza, to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour(IHL) each for robbery contravening Section 301 (2) of the Penal Code.

The court heard through prosecutor Sergeant Emmanuel Namarwa that the duo, on March 28, 2021 at Bereu Village, attacked a certain farmer where they injured him and went away with nine herds of goats worth about K270,000.

They both pleaded not guilty, forcing the state to parade four witnesses who testified against them.

In his submission, Sergeant Namarwa asked the court to slap the duo with stiff sentence since the stolen goats were not recovered, and on top of that the victim was injured.

In their mitigation, both convicts asked the court to consider them with lenient sentence, saying they are young.

When passing judgement, First Grade Magistrate Gladstone Chilundu concurred with the state and ordered the duo to spend a 14-year-jail term each.

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