Po­lice­man fined $200 for $300 theft

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sharon Chi­ware

A SHURUGWI po­lice of­fi­cer has been fined $200 for steal­ing $305 which he had been tasked to sur­ren­der to a po­lice sta­tion in Gweru.

Learn­more Tembo (29) sta­tioned at Ton­gog­ara po­lice sta­tion pleaded not guilty to one count of theft when he ap­peared be­fore Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial Mag­is­trate Mrs Phathek­ile Msipa yes­ter­day.

The mag­is­trate how­ever, found him guilty and fined him $200 which he should pay by Novem­ber 30.

The cop risks be­ing jailed for 30 days if he fails to pay the fine.

Mrs Msipa also slapped him with a sus­pended three months sen­tence on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour within the next five years.

In pass­ing the sen­tence, Mrs Msipa said she had con­sid­ered the fact that Tembo was a first of­fender.

“You are a first of­fender and you have three mi­nor chil­dren and an un­em­ployed wife to look af­ter. What I con­sider as ag­gra­vat­ing is the fact that you are a po­lice of­fi­cer who knows what is ex­pected of you and you went on to com­mit this crime by con­vert­ing the money to your per­sonal use,” she said.

In mit­i­ga­tion through his lawyer Mr Arnold Sak­winji, Tembo pleaded for a non-cus­to­dial sen­tence say­ing he was afraid of los­ing his job if in­car­cer­ated.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Bernard Ny­oni said on Au­gust

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