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Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate Akya Mwanyongo has slapped four gate cashiers with K150,000 fines each after finding them guilty of stealing proceeds of gate collections during a match between Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Sable Farming at Kamuzu Stadium.

Police arrested the four, Prince Ndalama, Gladys Meja, Tingo Fungulani and Chiyembekezo Buffalo, after catching them red-handed with K437,000 cash in April.

In his 10-minute ruling, Mwanyongo said Ndalama, Meja and Fungulani would serve a 12-month custodial sentence should they fail to pay the fine.

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Buffalo’s default sentence is six months.

He has also ordered the four to compensate Super League of Malawi with similar amounts of money that each one of them was caught with.

Ndalama was caught with K220,000 while Meja had K48,000.

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Fungulani and Buffalo had K178,000 and K8,000, respectively.

Mwanyongo also ordered that the convicts should no longer be involved in any gate management assignment within 12 months.

Unity Gate Management directors Laston Theu and Wyson Changana were also found guilty of conspiring to commit a felony and fined K150,000 each or a 12-month jail term in default.

The six, who all pleaded guilty to the charges, have been remanded at Chichiri Prison pending payment of the fines.

Mwanyongo found all the six guilty.

They have been given seven days to pay up or serve a custodial sentence.

The offences carry a maximum sentence of seven years but the court exercised leniency as the six were first-time offenders.

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