‘Hun­gry’ pupil, school drop-out break into shops

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A PUPIL at Plumtree High School has ap­peared in court for steal­ing food­stuffs val­ued at $109 from two shops in the bor­der town.

The Form Three pupil and his ac­com­plice, a 16-yearold Grade 7 dropout were con­victed on their own plea of guilty to un­law­ful en­try and theft charges by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa.

They were each sen­tenced to a wholly sus­pended 12 months im­pris­on­ment.

Mr Ru­vetsa said he had con­sid­ered that the two were first of­fend­ers.

“In pass­ing my sen­tence, I’ve con­sid­ered that you are both ju­ve­niles and that you are first of­fend­ers and that you pleaded guilty to all counts. I also con­sid­ered that part of the prop­erty you stole was recovered.

“How­ever, the of­fence you com­mit­ted is serious and there­fore calls for a de­ter­rent sen­tence. I there­fore sen­tence each one of you to 12 months im­pris­on­ment which is wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that you do not within the pe­riod com­mit an of­fence of the same na­ture,” he said. In mit­i­ga­tion, both said they were des­per­ate for food. Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Mavis Gwafa said the two broke into a tuck­shop and a shop in Plumtree.

“Dur­ing the pe­riod ex­tend­ing from 22 to 23 March be­tween 6PM and 8AM, the boys went to a tuck­shop be­long­ing to Mrs Yeke­lani Ndlovu while it was locked.

“They used a shovel to force open a win­dow be­fore they stole five bot­tles of Shumba Ma­heu, 18 bot­tles of soft drinks and 15 pack­ets of Lo­bels cream bis­cuits and they went away un­no­ticed,” she said. Ms Gwafa said food­stuffs worth $29 were stolen. She said on March 24 at around 11PM, the teenagers went to a Gen­eral Dealer in Dingu­muzi area which is op­er­ated by Mrs Sithokozile Maphosa.

She said they stole four pock­ets of pota­toes, seven pack­ets of mopane worms, 18 pack­ets of sausages, two crates of eggs, six packs of chicken cuts, 13 ba­nanas and three pack­ets of fresh chips all worth $91.

Re­cently, three Plumtree High School Or­di­nary Level board­ing pupils broke into two kiosks in the Plumtree CBD dur­ing a drink­ing spree and stole gro­cery items and a lap­top.

The three boys, who are all be­low 16, sneaked out of the school at night and were caught in the act.

They were how­ever, par­doned af­ter the own­ers of the shops with­drew the charges against them. — @ DubeMatutu.

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