Two who escaped from prison are jailed again

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A prison guard closes the prison’s main gate as she shouts to prisoners’ relatives that visiting time is over. Photograph: Luca Sola

NSANJE (Malawi News Agency) –The Nsanje First Grade Magistrate’s Court has convicted and sentenced two men for escaping lawful custody at Nsanje police cell.

Mr Paul Fombe, 21, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and Mr Peterson Fred, 21, to four years imprisonment with hard labour.

The state prosecutor, Sub-inspector Victor Nachuma, told the court that the two committed the offence during the night of January 8, 2021.

Nachuma further told the court that the accused were among the ten suspects who escaped from the custody.

A prison guard closes the prison’s main gate as she shouts to prisoners’ relatives that visiting time is over.
Photograph: Luca Sola

After the two pleaded guilty to the charge, Nachuma said the two deserve stiffer penalties to teach them a lesson and to deter other would-be offenders.

Passing sentences, First Grade Magistrate Watson Mankhanamba concurred with the state and slapped the two with two years each for escaping at Nsanje police and two years for Peterson Fred who escaped from lawful custody at Marka Police.

Fombe comes from Chapira Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Malemia while Fred is from Samu Village in the area of TA Ngabu both in Nsanje District.

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