Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Chinese businessman in court over stolen property

A Francistown Chinese businessman, Su Helin, on Monday appeared before Francistown Principal Magistrate, Peggy Madandume, to answer charges of buying stolen property.

Helin is alleged to have purchased a Laptop worth P 3 449.95 from one Farayi Shylock, a Zimbabwean national, on the 24th of September this year. The laptop is said to belong to one John Phutimpe.
However, the defense counselor, Gontse Simon of Mayothwane Attorneys, pleaded with the magistrate to postpone the case after failing to find a Chinese interpreter.

“I plead with the court to afford us some time to get a Chinese interpreter in order to translate the charge sheet to the accused as he cannot understand a single word of English,” he said.

The prosecutor in the matter indicated that the case was initially of motor vehicle breaking and theft charges and was later changed to a charge of possession of stolen property after the state failed to produce evidence.


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