The Midima Magistrate Court in Limbe has convicted and sentenced five men to pay K5000 each for cutting trees in Ndata Farm in Thyolo.
The charge contravenes section 45 (d) of the Penal Code.
On 15 November, a security guard at the estate came across a group of young men cutting down trees in the farm.
State prosecutor from Mikolongwe Police post Petro Yohane told the court that upon seeing the security guard the men fled.
“Ndata estate, through its security guard, reported the matter to police and after investigations the five men were nabbed for questioning where they admitted the charge,” said Yohane.
Passing sentence senior resident magistrate Royce Chirwa slapped the men with a K5000 fine each or in default they should serve a one-month jail term with hard labour (IHL).
All the five men paid the fine.
The convicts are Chisomo Belo, 17, Iton Manyela, 30, Manuel Mateyu, 18, Matias Thomas, 18, and Emmanuel Howa, 18.
All of them come from Mangazi Village in Traditional Authority Chimaliro in the district.
Ndata Farm is owned by the family of former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika.
Mutharika was buried in the estate in the purpose-built Mpumulo wa Bata, alongside his first wife, Ethel Mutharika.
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