The First Grade Magistrate Court sitting in Nkhata Bay has on June 11, 2020 convicted and sentenced McDonald Banda to two years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawfully wounding Timothy Mponda at a drinking joint in the district.
The state prosecutor Inspector Fred Makiyi, told the court that Mponda who hails from Japi Village TA Mkumbira in the district committed the offence on June 2, 2020.
The court further heard that Timothy was with his friends at the drinking place called Changa K where the suspect entered and accidentally bumped into a table containing bottles of beer resulting into spillage of all beer.
This didn’t please Timothy and friends who ended up into quarrel with the intruder.
As the quarrel was in progress the convict had to sneak out from the group and brought an empty glass bottle which he used to hit Timothy on the right arm leaving him with a deep cut
The matter was immediately reported to Nkhata Bay Police who later arrested the suspect.
He was charged with Unlawful Wounding which contravenes section 241 sub section A of the Penal Code.
Appearing in court, the suspect pleaded guilty to the charge.
In submission the state prosecutor Inspector Makiyi, prayed for stiffer punishment against the convict.
He said that most of the youths in the district are being involved in malpractice such that they end up into injuring each other hence stiffer punishment to deter the would be offenders.
The First Grade Magistrate Robert Makaika concurred with the state. He therefore ordered the convict to spend two years behind bars with effect from the date he committed the offence.