THE HIGH COURT OF MALAWI
APPEAL NO. 6 OF 2007
CORAM : HON.
Counsel for the State
Munyenyembe - Court Interpreter
The Appellant pleaded guilty to a charge of being in
possession of Indian hemp which in this country is classified as a
drug under the Dangerous Drugs Act. He was convicted upon
admission of the facts in support of the charge as presented by the
prosecution before the trial magistrate.
I have carefully studied the plea and the supporting
facts and I am of the clear view that the conviction was upon an
plea. I therefore confirm the conviction.
The appellant mainly complains that the sentence of 36
months imprisonment with hard labour is manifestly excessive for
of 3240 grams of the drug. Coupled with the fact that the
appellant is a young man of only 21 years of age and that he is a
offender I can agree no more just as Learned State Counsel
I accordingly set aside the sentence of 36 months
imprisonment with hard labour and in place thereof sentence the
24 months imprisonment with hard labour.
in Open Court at Lilongwe this 16th
day of April 2007.
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