The Ntchisi First Grade Magistrateâ€™s Court last Tuesday sentenced Boston Zilasi (22) to four years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for burglary.
Ntchisi Police spokesperson Gladson Mâ€™bumpha said State prosecutor Austin Daudi told the court that Zilasi broke into the house of Diana Thebulo on the night of July 3 2012 with intent to steal.
â€œAt midnight, Thebulo heard footsteps inside her house. She woke up only to see a person pushing the door of her bedroom,â€ Mâ€™bumpha said.
He said the court heard that when Thebulo lit a torch, he identified the suspect as Zilasi.
In mitigation, the convict told the court that he is the breadwinner in his family.
But magistrate Alex Kantiki said Zilasi deserved a stiff sentence to deter would-be offenders.
Zilasi comes from Kachulu Village, Traditional Authority Kalumo in the district.