Saturday, 25 August 2007

Robbers becoming killers

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Athumani Maige


IN recent weeks we have witnessed the killings of the private security industry guards in Morogoro and Mwanza. In the recent past, police officers have been killed while on duty guarding banks or cash in transit. However, the private security industry has taken the bulk of the deaths while on duty as a result of robbery with violence.

Article 285 of the Penal Code states that, “Any person who steals anything, and, at or immediately before or immediately after the time of stealing it, uses or threatens to use actual violence to any person or property in order to obtain or retain the thing stolen or to prevent or overcome resistance to its being stolen or retained, is guilty of the felony termed robbery”.

The punishment for such an offence is also provided by article 186 that is, “Any person who commits the felony of robbery is liable for imprisonment for twenty years”.

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