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Malawi : Woman gets K150,000 fine for possessing loose cannabis sativa

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Court in Mangochi on Wednesday has convicted and sentenced Patuma Arabi aged 36 to K150,000 fine in default to 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for an offence of being found in possession of loose cannabis sativa without license contrary to regulation 6 as read with section 16 of dangerous drug act.

Presenting facts Sub Inspector Maxwell Mwaluka a police prosecutor based at Mangochi Police Station told court that through a tip from general public Makokola police personnel conducted a search at a house of accused person on April 28, 2017 at Makokola trading centre in which they found three plastic bags containing cannabis sativa without license.

Accused person pleaded guilty to the offence and recovered cannabis sativa seized.

In mitigation accused person asked for leniency as she is a bread winner of the family being a widow.

In submission police prosecutor asked court to give a stiff penalty since the prohibited drug is a threat to society.

When passing sentence Second Grade Magistrate John Mpwahiwa concurred with police prosecutor hence she was fined MK150 000 in default 24 months imprisonment with hard labour to stop forthwith the malpractice.

The offender recently made headlines after making claims that law enforcers stole her cannabis sativa ‘chamba’ during her arrest after police confisticated them.

Patuma Arabi hails from Makawa Village in Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.

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