A Zimbabwean man who stole a home theatre system worth P1 200 in Botswana was last week sentenced to six cuts by the Maun Customary Court, while his co-accused was not found guilty to burglary, but was convicted for escaping from police custody.
Report by Silas Nkala
He was sentenced to three strokes by the same court, according to The Voice newspaper.
Mduduzi Ncube (28) and Elvis Sibanda (23) were arrested recently by Botswana police on allegations of breaking into a house and stealing electric gadgets.
Sibanda escaped from police custody while he was awaiting trial but was later re-arrested.
Ncube pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before Maun Customary Court magistrate Kgosi Oleyo Ledimo, where he exonerated Sibanda.
Ledimo convicted and sentenced Ncube to six cuts for the burglary.
Sibanda, who was found not guilty to burglary, was however convicted for escaping from custody.
“Had you not escaped from custody, you would have walked away freely, butyou should know that you are no longer a first offender because of your conviction. I wonder why you escaped when you knew very well that you were not guilty,” said Ledimo.
on July 6 this year, Ncube broke into Baruti Molelo’s house and stole a home theatre system worth P1 200 and a DVD player.
On July 11 Ncube went back to Molelo’s house with the intention to steal some more but found the house owner at home.
After investigations, security guards recovered the stolen sound equipment.
In mitigation, Ncube asked for a lenient sentence saying he was the sole bread winner in his family.