Duo ar­rested for cat­tle theft de­nied bail

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Won­der­boy Dlamini

TWO sus­pects on Wed­nes­day ap­peared be­fore the mag­is­trate’s court af­ter they were ar­rested and charged for the theft of three cat­tle.

Vusi Mangwe (39) of Ngcina and Al­mond Matsaba (35) of Mh­lu­meni were said to have stolen three cat­tle to­tal­ing to the value of E16 500. Dur­ing their ap­pear­ance be­fore court, the ac­cused elected to con­duct their own de­fense. The ac­cused per­sons’ ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was op­posed as the Crown stated that fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way.

Mean­while, Benice Man­jomo (34) of Malawi was charged with con­tra­ven­ing sec­tion 10 of the theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cle Act 16 of 1991. He was said to have wrong­fully and un­law­fully driven a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, an Isuzu truck bear­ing a false reg­is­tra­tion plate while at Mh­lu­meni Bor­der Gate.

He pleaded guilty to the charge while con­duct­ing his own de­fence in the mat­ter. His plea was also ac­cepted by the Crown with­out lead­ing ev­i­dence to prove com­mis­sion of the of­fence. Dur­ing mit­i­ga­tion, Man­jomo told the court that the ve­hi­cle ac­tu­ally be­longed to him. He said he was trans­port­ing goods to Malawi when he was ar­rested at the bor­der gate. He was ac­cord­ingly found guilty by the court and was sen­tenced to 12 months in a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity with an op­tion to pay E2 000 fine.

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