Congolese national jailed for assaulting police officers

The Dowa Magistrate’s Court in central Malawi has sentenced a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national to two years and six months imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for assaulting two police officers.

Dowa Police spokesperson Richard Kaponda identified the convict as Pubson Fistol (23).

He said Fistol was arrested on January 4 this year at Dzaleka Police Unit after he assaulted constables Joseph Chingwandu and Agnes Mphinga. The two wanted to arrest Fistol for assaulting his wife, Anita Ndolima.

“The convict beat up the two officers when they wanted to place him in custody after his wife reported him to the police unit on that same day. He denied the charge and damaged a door to the cell,” said Kaponda.

He said the court also sentenced Fistol to one year and six months IHL for causing malicious damage. He will serve the sentences concurrently at Maula Prison in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

Fistol comes from South Kivu in the DRC.

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