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Another 14-Yr-Old Arrested for Recent Blantyre Market Fire

Blantyre police have arrested a 14 year old boy in connection with the fire that razed down Blantyre Flea Market on September 19, 2011 destroying goods worth millions of Kwacha.

The second arson suspect has already been sent to Bvumbwe Young Offenders Reformatory Centre to wait for his justice.

As the police investigation on the fire that gutted down Blantyre flea market continues, Blantyre police on Wednesday arrested a second suspect.

According to Blantyre police assistant public relations officer Sergeant Lameck Yona Thembachako, the police made the arrest with the help from the first suspect.

Sergeant Thembachako told Zodiak Online that the first suspect is the one who revealed the whereabouts of the second suspect.

The arrest of the second suspect comes four months down the line after the first suspect was arrested. The first suspect was arrested on September 19, 2011.

The second suspect hails from Makata village traditional authority Kapeni in Blantyre.

It is yet to be known when he will appear in court as the judiciary workers are on strike.

Lawyer Peter Magombo from Legal Aid Department told Zodiak Online in October 2011 that it is illegal to remand anybody below the age of 16 years at Bvumbwe Young Offenders Reformatory Centre, as the facility keeps young offenders aged sixteen and above.—Zodiak Online

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0 #1 Novena Mandowa 2012-01-18 06:42
These kidz r still suspect, and they should not kept for such long period without trial. Though the courts are on strike but should not be an advantage these children have there rights and should its course.
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