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Chamba farmer fined K100,000 or in default 3 years jail term in Mangochi

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Mangochi First grade magistrate court on Thursday January 4, 2018 convicted and ordered James Lucius to pay K100,000 fine for cultivating Indian Hemp commonly known as Chamba.

Banda contravened the of dangerous drug regulation 6 as read with section 19 of Dangerous Drugs Act.

Mangochi police deputy public relations officer Sergeant Amina Tepani Daudi told Malawi News Hub that the court heard through Mangochi Police prosecutor Constable Augustine Kagwira that, On December 22 last year in the evening the Police received a tip from members of the general public that the accused person cultivated indian hemp inside his maize garden.

Responding to the tip off Police immediately rushed to the place and found two nursery beds measuring two and half metres of Indian hemp.” Said Daudi

The suspect was arrested and the  seedlings which had reached transplanting stage were uprooted and tendered in court as part of evidence.

Appearing in court Lucius pleaded guilty to the charge laid against him. In mitigation he begged for a lenient punishment as he looks after his family however the prosecutor pleaded for a stiffer penalty.

When passing judgement his worship first grade magistrate Ronald M’bwana concurred with the state hence ordered him to pay K100,000 fine in default 36 months imprisonment with hard labour in order to serve as a lesson to him and other would be offenders.

Meanwhile James is in prison after failing to pay the fine.

James Lucius (34) hails from  Kunsauka village ,Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi district.

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