Tout pleads with mag­is­trate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A TOUT who last week begged the West­ern Com­mon­age Court to for­give him for steal­ing a cell phone, has been or­dered to resti­tute its owner R600 or go to jail for three months.

Senzo Ncube (19) of En­tum­bane sub­urb was con­victed of theft by Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu.

He was sen­tenced to six months im­pris­on­ment but three mont h s were

sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not within the next five years com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

The re­main­ing three months were sus­pended on con­di­tion Ncube pays Ms Sarudzai Zhou R600 which is the value of the cell­phone he stole.

Mag­is­trate Ndhlovu asked Ncube about his brief ex­pe­ri­ence when he was re­manded in cus­tody pend­ing sen­tenc­ing and he said it had been ter­ri­ble and tough.

“Please for­give me again, I have now seen for my­self that prison life is not good and I have changed,” said a vis­i­bly shaken Ncube.

“You are young Senzo, you do not just take other peo­ple’s prop­erty with­out work­ing for it.

“Prop­erty that comes cheap lands you in trou­ble. Be­cause you are young Senzo, I be­lieve you are young enough to re­form.

“I wanted you to see what prison is. Now, if I send you to prison for a long pe­riod you will learn wrong things in jail.” — @andile_t­shuma

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