The two offences of burglary which is contrary to section 309 (A) of the penal code and the other of unlawful wounding contrary to section 241 (A) of the penal code attract a maximum punishment of 14 years imprisonment when one is found liable.
Police prosecution witness, Sub Inspector Liston Sabola told the court earlier that Square is believed to have committed the offence on May 2 this year at Mangochi Boma.
Sabola told the court that the convict broke into the house of Chifundo Nyengozino with an intention to commit a crime therein where he was caught by the owner of the house.
“Upon seeing that his intentions would not materialize, the accused, your worship, hit the complainant with a metal bar in the head where he sustained a deep cut on the forehead,” the court heard from Sabola.
Square pleaded guilty and admitted to the charges. However, he asked the court to exercise leniency when passing sentence claiming he was driven into the act by the devil besides having a chronic illness.
Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate, Ronald Mbwana observed that the conduct by the convict creates fear to the community since people feel insecure even in their own homes.
Mbwana said the court decided to hand down a stiff punishment to the convict in order to restore order and confidence in people that homes are safe places besides giving a lesson to the accused and deter other would—be offenders.
He, therefore, slapped Square with 72 months imprisonment with hard labour for the first count of burglary and theft and 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for the second count of unlawful wounding. Both sentences will run concurrently.
Square hails from Katembo Village in the area of Traditional Authority Katuli in Mangochi.