Masked Motswana breaks into bank

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

A MASKED Motswana broke into a bank in Masvingo and was ap­pre­hended by mem­bers of the public as he fled af­ter set­ting off an alarm.

Golt­se­madimo Sek­gokong (45) and an uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plice suc­cess­fully dis­abled five se­cu­rity cam­eras at Stanchart Bank but were stumped by a sixth.

Sek­gokong’s woes mounted when he was found with dagga soon af­ter his ar­rest.

For the foray into the bank on May 6 and pos­ses­sion of dagga, Masvingo pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate Mr Lang­ton Ndok­era yes­ter­day sen­tenced Sek­gokong to an ef­fec­tive three years and 20 days in prison.

The court heard the Motswana and his ac­com­plice wore ski masks to raid the bank at around 11PM.

They climbed over a gate and got busy blind­ing the se­cu­rity cam­eras.

Sek­gokong, who was listed as be­ing of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to break­ing into the bank.

Mr Ndok­era, how­ever, con­victed him due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence and sen­tenced him to three years for un­law­ful en­try and 20 days for pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Mr Ndok­era said Sek­gokong de­served a de­ter­rent sen­tence that would teach other of­fend­ers that the coun­try has laws against crim­i­nals.

“I un­der­stand in Botswana they do not con­done crime es­pe­cially of this nature. Zim­babwe is no ex­cep­tion. You de­serve a de­ter­rent sen­tence that will send a clear mes­sage to would-be of­fend­ers.

“You should not come here on a mis­sion of un­law­fully en­ter­ing banks at night and pos­sess­ing dagga,” said Mr Ndok­era.

For the State, Ms Re­ward Chakanyuka said while in the com­pany of uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plice, Sek­gokong went to Stan­dard Char­tered bank where the pair gained en­try into the yard by climb­ing over a gate.

“On May 6 at around 11PM, the two accused went to the bank and climbed over a gate into the yard. The two dis­abled five se­cu­rity cam­eras placed in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions out­side the build­ing. Their mis­sion was how­ever, cut short as they, in the process of dis­abling an­other se­cu­rity cam­era, trig­gered an alarm on the premises,” said Ms Chakanyuka.

The court heard a se­cu­rity guard rushed to the scene and found the pair fran­ti­cally try­ing to stop the alarm.

“The two masked men aban­doned their mis­sion and scaled a steel gate out of the premises. They fled in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions,” said the prose­cu­tor.

“How­ever, Sek­gokong’s free­dom was short-lived as he was quickly ap­pre­hended by mem­bers of the public, barely 300me­tres from the scene.”

She said the peo­ple who ef­fected a ci­ti­zens’ ar­rest on the Motswana searched him and found a mask, bolt cut­ter and a pair of gloves.

“He was fur­ther searched and a stub of dagga was found on him. He was taken to the po­lice lead­ing to his ar­rest. His uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plice re­mains at large,” said Ms Chakanyuka. — @wal­terbm­swaize

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