Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Bahle Gama

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.

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