From the Second Magistrate’s Court Sitting at
Mangundo: Criminal Case No. 5 of 2001
HON. MR JUSTICE F.E. KAPANDA
Miss Nayeja, of Counsel for the State Advocate
Accused, Present and Unrepresented
Mr Kamanga, Official Interpreter
Date of hearing: 17th April 2003
Date of Order : 17th April 2003
ORDER IN CONFIRMATION
The convict, Josephy John Ayami, was convicted of the offence of breaking into a building and committing a felony therein. The conviction
was entered after a full trial. He was sentenced to serve a custodial term of imprisonment of sixty months.
The facts upon which the conviction of the defendant were premised are as follows: The complainant’s shop was broken into and
many items were stolen. The incident was reported to police who carried out inquiries. The police later arrested the defendant who
confessed that he, together with friends, broke into the complainant’s building. There was no recovery of the property stolen.
The case was set down to consider reduction of sentence. I do not think that a sentence of five years is excessive or that it requires
reduction. I am of this view because the sentence is well within the guideline set by the High Court. The High Court has said that
for the offences of breaking into a building the starting point as regards the quantum of sentence should be 3 years. The sentence
can be reduced or enhanced depending on mitigating or aggravating factors. The fact that the property stolen was not recovered is
an aggravating factor that necessitated enhancement of sentence. Consequently, sentence of 5 years does not appear to be excessive.
In that event, the sentence of 5 years is confirmed.
Pronounced in open Court this 17th day of April 2003 at the Principal Registry, Blantyre.