Thiev­ing tout begs for for­give­ness

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A TOUT who stole a cell­phone to raise money to up­grade his wardrobe has been ar­raigned.

Senzo Ncube (19) of En­tum­bane sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo pleaded guilty to theft be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu.

He stole a Huawei phone valued at R600 from Ms Sarudzai Zhou (30), from the same sub­urb af­ter a drink­ing spree at a sports bar along Nketa Drive.

Ncube, a first of­fender, was on the verge of tears as he begged to be par­doned for his of­fence.

He rubbed his hands to­gether and his eyes red­dened as he said: “I ad­mit to the charges lev­elled against me but I did not steal the phone as she says. She dropped it and then I just picked it up and kept it. She would have lost it any­way.”

Ncube said that he wanted to sell the phone and up­date his wardrobe as he was in need of new cloth­ing.

“I beg this hon­ourable court to for­give me for what I did. I re­gret it. It was a mis­take. I had just been fired from my job as a kombi tout and I wanted to buy some new clothes for my­self. I wanted to sell the phone and get my­self some money to make ends meet. I now have no other source of in­come,” he said.

The mag­is­trate re­manded him in cus­tody to to­mor­row for sen­tenc­ing.

“I want you to have a feel of stay­ing be­hind bars be­fore I sen­tence you,” said Mr Ndhlovu.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mr Ken­neth Shava told the court that on Au­gust 6 at mid­night, Ncube, Zhou, a Mgcini and another uniden­ti­fied per­son left Zothile Sports Bar at En­tum­bane on their way home.

“As they ap­proached Nketa Drive, his friends, Mgcini and an ally re­turned to Zothile while the ac­cused pro­ceeded home. That is when the ac­cused per­son stole Ms Zhou’s phone which she had put in a jacket pocket.”

Ms Zhou, the court heard, re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, lead­ing to Ncube’s ar­rest.

The phone was not re­cov­ered as Ncube had al­ready sold it. — @andile_t­shuma

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