‘MR JELLY TOTS’ FINED FOR SHOPLIFTING SWEETS
A sugar addict left the court puzzled and in stitches during his court appearance yesterday.
He was arrested for shoplifting sweets and made his appearance before Magistrate Sifiso Vilakati.
Before he was called up to the dock’, the accused had a packet of Jelly Tots sweets taken from him and was warned from eating in court, but little did the court know what was to come. When he took the stand and Magistrate Vilakati saw his charge sheet, he couldn’t refrain from cracking up, hence addressing him as ‘Mr Jelly Tots’, leaving everybody else in more stitches. Mandla Mamba of Mpolonjeni was charged with the offence of theft or shop lifting after stealing items valued at E177.89 at Shoprite in Mbabane. These include two packets of beacon sparkles valued at E51, six Cadbury chocolates valued at E84 and three packets of safari salted peanuts valued at E42.89. The accused told the court that he was addicted to sweet things, and could not go a day without having anything sweet. He also stated that he never shared the sweets with anyone, including small children, leaving everyone in the court -room in stitches. “I have a sweet tooth your Worship, I have an addiction and consume sweets every day. They are my fix and they give me energy, I get high from sweets,” he said.
He further disclosed that he spent over E3 000 on sweets every month because they made him hyper energetic and enable him to work out while also keep him full. He stated that he preferred sweets to normal food.
Magistrate Vilakati told the accused that his addiction was a serious problem that needed immediate attention.
“I must say Mr Mamba that you have a strange addiction, however, too much of a thing is dangerous and I assure you, you need serious help for your addiction, because right now it has landed you in serious trouble with the law,” he said.
Mamba told the court that he was oblivious of the fact that he was an addict and intended to do something about the addiction.
He pleaded for leniency before the court for stealing, stating that he had the money to pay at the shop but unclear how he ended up shoplifting. He also stated that he would go to rehab for the addiction.
He was sentenced to five months in prison with an option of a fine of E500.