According to Eastern region police spokesperson Joseph Sauka, the three are Square Dayitoni aged 28, Karoti Asedi aged 27 and Abada Saidi aged 28 all from Mangochi. Sauka said all suspects have been charged with six counts which are armed robbery contrary to section 301(2) of the Penal Code, Malicious damage which is contrary to section 344(1) of the Penal Code and four counts of Acts intending to cause a grievous harm contrary to section 235(a) of the Penal Code.
“Reading out the statement of the offence, his worship Chief Resident Magistrate Mzondi Mvula said that the three accused persons during the night of 29th to 30th January, 2018 at Paramount Chief Kawinga Headquarters in Machinga district, shot the Yao Chief Paramount Kawinga with an AK47 rifle before robbing him K1, 500,000.00 cash and two Samsung Galaxy mobile phones worth K200,000.00 all to the total value of K1, 700,000.00,” said Sauka.
According to him, the court further said the three with intent to maim, disfigure or disable, shot three times at Paramount Chief Kawinga, Albert Mataka who is a son to Paramount Chief Kawinga, Brenda Charles and Maxwell Makina before they maliciously damaged three vehicles belonging to the Chief.
“The accused persons who two of them are being represented by Counsel Yasini Domasi have pleaded not guilty to all the six charges and the state through Eastern Region Police Prosecution Officer Senior Superintendent Dickens Mwambazi asked for adjournment and promised to parade 23 witnesses to prove the case,” he added.
The court has since adjourned the case to 15th August, 2018 and the court will seat at Ntaja in Machinga district where the incident took place.