A COURT in Malawi handed down a 13-year jail term to a criminal who broke back into the prison where he already served time to steal guns and other equipment, police said Monday.
Witala Soko (37) broke into districtâ€™s prison office earlier this month, days after being released from the same jail, said police spokesman Franklin Gausi. He had been serving a six-year jail term for burglary there.
Soko stole two rifles, three pairs of handcuffs and a police communications radio, but was arrested while trying to sell the radio.
He later led police to a graveyard where he had buried the guns and other items.
â€œThe suspect pleaded for forgiveness telling the magistrate he had committed the crime because he was possessed by demons, â€œ Gausi told AFP.
Soko, who had five previous burglary convictions, was sentenced over the weekend by a magistrate court, police said. â€” AFP.