Sex plea saves teen convict from jail
A CONVICT, who stole a laptop from a school where he was doing community service for theft, begged a court for a non-custodial sentence saying he could not survive without sex in prison.
Brine Tshuma (19) of Bulawayo’s Emganwini sent the gallery roaring with laughter when he said: “Ngicela isigwebo saphandle. Ngifuna ukudla inyama yabadala, ayikho ejele (May I be granted a non-custodial sentence. I don’t want to miss sex while in prison).
Western Commonage Magistrate Ms Tancy Dube, baffled by Tshuma’s plea, asked the court interpreter for an explanation. Tshuma mumbled his request several times, drawing more laughter, until the interpreter approached him. He whispered into the interpreter’s ear, who laughed his lungs out before telling the magistrate that Tshuma was appealing for a non-custodial sencence so he continues to enjoy sex. The court orderly battled to restore order as another explosion of prolonged laughter erupted from the gallery.
Charged Ms Dube: “You want to eat ‘inyama yabadala?’ Stop speaking like a vampire!” Tshuma apologised and said he had quit stealing. “I am sorry. I will never do that again,” he said. Ms Dube granted his wish. “I will give you one last chance. You are sentenced to six months imprisonment. This jail term is wholly suspended on condition that for the next five years, you will not commit a similar offence,” said Ms Dube.
Last week, Tshuma told the court that he never intended to steal the laptop but had taken it for safe-keeping. Yesterday he pleaded guilty to stealing the laptop.
Said Tshuma: “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.”
Ms Dube queried why he had not taken the laptop to the owner, who was in his office. Tshuma apologised and said he had erred. Prosecuting, Mr Mufaro Mageza said Tshuma had been sentenced to do community service at Emganwini High School for an earlier theft. The court heard that Tshuma took the laptop to a friend who also resides in the same suburb, for safe keeping. The laptop, worth $300, was recovered. — @andile_tshuma