Thief on com­mu­nity ser­vice steals from school

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A 19-YEAR-OLD man from Bu­l­awayo stole a lap­top from a staffroom at a school where he had been or­dered to per­form com­mu­nity ser­vice for a pre­vi­ous of­fence, a court has heard.

Brine Tshuma of Em­gan­wini Sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube charged with theft.

He pleaded guilty and was re­manded in cus­tody to Fri­day for sen­tenc­ing.

Tshuma stole the HP lap­top which is worth $300 last week on Tues­day and it was re­cov­ered.

The crime which re­sulted in him be­ing or­dered to per­form com­mu­nity ser­vice at Em­gan­wini High School was not stated in court, but it was also a theft case.

In mit­i­ga­tion, Tshuma told mag­is­trate Dube that he had no in­ten­tion to steal the lap­top.

“I did not in­tend to steal the lap­top. I took it for safe-keep­ing. The staffroom was empty so I fig­ured it was bet­ter for me to take it,” said Tshuma.

Mag­is­trate Dube asked Tshuma why he had not taken the lap­top to the owner who was in his of­fice.

“I made a mis­take. I am sorry, please for­give me. I gave it to my friend,” said Tshuma.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said Tshuma had been sen­tenced to do com­mu­nity ser­vice at Em­gan­wini High School.

“On Au­gust 30 at around 10:45 AM, the ac­cused per­son was on com­mu­nity ser­vice duty at Em­gan­wini High School. The com­plainant, Mr Taedza Rwauya, who is the school’s head­mas­ter, had left his HP lap­top in the staffroom. The ac­cused then en­tered the staffroom and de­cided to take the lap­top which had been left on a ta­ble,” said Mr Mageza.

“The com­plainant dis­cov­ered the lap­top was miss­ing af­ter dis­miss­ing Tshuma who had said he was not feel­ing well and had to go. He was sold out by foot­steps from the staffroom to the small school gate that he used. Rwauya then re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice lead­ing to Tshuma’s ar­rest.”-@andilet­shuma

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