Pupil to be caned for theft of cash, gro­ceries

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

A 16-YEAR-OLD Plumtree High School pupil will be caned for steal­ing $62 and gro­cery items worth $280 from three shops in the bor­der town.

The ju­ve­nile, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, was also sen­tenced to a wholly sus­pended 12 months in jail.

He was con­victed on his own plea of guilty to three counts of un­law­ful en­try and theft by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa.

His ac­com­plice, a 16-year-old Grade Seven drop-out who pleaded guilty to two counts of the same charge, was also sen­tenced to five strokes. In ad­di­tion, he was slapped with an ef­fec­tive six months in jail.

A third ac­com­plice, Bakani Nde­bele (19), pleaded guilty to one count of un­law­ful en­try and theft and was sen­tenced to six months in jail.

Mr Ru­vetsa said he had taken into con­sid­er­a­tion that two of the cul­prits were ju­ve­niles.

“You com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence but I will be le­nient with the two of you be­cause you are ju­ve­niles and that one of you is in school. How­ever, your be­hav­iour isn’t ac­cept­able as we don’t ex­pect you to be­come no­to­ri­ous thieves at your age,” he said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said on March 3 at mid­night, the Plumtree High School pupil and his two friends broke into a tuck­shop in Ge­orge Silundika sub­urb and stole food­stuffs worth $135.

She said on June 20 at around 11PM, the Form Three pupil, who was alone, stole gro­cery items worth $90 from an­other shop.

On Au­gust 12, the teenager and his 16-year-old ac­com­plice broke into Sig­waza Gen­eral Dealer in Dingu­muzi sub­urb and stole gro­cery items val­ued at $63 and $62 cash.

“On March 3 around mid­night the two ju­ve­niles and Nde­bele went to a tuck­shop be­long­ing to Mr Jab­u­lani Mh­langa. They used an un­known ob­ject to break a win­dow open be­fore steal­ing gro­cery items which com­prised cook­ing oil, royco soup, can­dles, pens, eggs, cig­a­rettes, sugar, tinned fish, ba­nanas and toma­toes,” she said. Mrs Sibanda said gro­ceries val­ued at $35 were re­cov­ered. “On 20 June the Form Three pupil stole gro­ceries worth $90 from Mlambo Gen­eral Dealer which be­longs to Ms Sithokozile Maphosa and gro­ceries worth $32 were re­cov­ered.

“On 12 Au­gust the two ju­ve­niles aged 16 stole gro­cery items worth $62 and $63 cash and only gro­ceries worth $25 were re­cov­ered,” she said.

The two ju­ve­niles and Nde­bele told the court that they wanted to sell the gro­ceries in or­der to raise money.

The two ju­ve­niles were re­cently sen­tenced to a wholly sus­pended 12 months jail term for steal­ing food­stuffs worth $109 from two Plumtree shops. — @DubeMatutu

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