Last week, Francistown Principal Magistrate, Peggy Madandume, sentenced four Zimbabwean men to ten years in jail after finding them guilty of two counts of robbery.
Maxwell Phiri, Trust Nkomo, Arnold Khumalo and Jabulani Moyo are said to have robbed fellow Zimbabwean nationals, Racky Ndlovu and Promise Magenza, of their valuables in pretence of being good Samaritans.
The four are alleged to have met the two, who were desperately in need of accommodation, and offered them accommodation on the 23 of December, 2008 when they rented a house at Block 1 in Francistown.
According to the facts from the prosecution, the victims were robbed of clothing and cell phones.
The four men had not pleaded guilty to the charges, pointing out that the complainants had made up the story against them because they had been found with no travelling documents.
Giving sentence, the Magistrate pointed out that the accused men had failed to prove their innocence. She further said that enough evidence had been led by the state witnesses and stressed that there was enough evidence as most of the valuables were found in the hands of the accused men.
“The forfeited items will be returned to the rightful owners and you will serve the sentence from the first date you were detained in prison,” she said.