Bou­tique owner steals from Power Sales

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Lin­dani Dube Hwange Cor­re­spon­dent

A WOMAN who runs a pop­u­lar bou­tique in Hwange has been sen­tenced to 12 months in jail for steal­ing clothes from a Power Sales re­tail store in the min­ing town.

No­maqhawe Ncube told the court that she ran a bou­tique but had run out of money to re­stock.

Ncube, who re­sides at Dadani com­plex pleaded guilty be­fore Hwange re­gional mag­is­trate, Mrs Dam­budzo Malunga, who sus­pended three months of her jail term for three years.

The re­main­der of her sen­tence will also be sus­pended on con­di­tion that she com­pletes 315 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at lo­cal Mak­wika Pri­mary School.

For the State, Mr Onias Ny­athi said on 9 Septem­ber, 2016 at around 13.30hrs, Ncube en­tered the Power Sales re­tail shop.

He said she stole three blouses, a pair of leg­gings, two skirts, two dresses and hid them in her bag and pro­ceeded to­wards the exit door with­out pay­ing for the items.

The store man­ager, Su­nun­gu­rai Ncube no­ticed her sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour as she was leav­ing the shop and called her.

Se­cu­rity guards searched her and dis­cov­ered the loot worth $90 in her bag.

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