Zimbabwean national, Peter Elton, last week pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession of counterfeit immigration stamps.
State prosecutors told Francistown Principal Magistrate, Peggy Madandume, that Elton, who then resided in Somerset Extension, was arrested by the police after he failed to produce a passport on being asked to do so.
The accused was approached by the police near the Francistown High Court, and subjected to a thorough search after he failed to produce a passport.
The search yielded three Botswana Immigration Stamps contained in three plastic bags. When asked to explain how he came to be in possession of official government stamps, Elton failed to give a satisfactory answer. He would later lead the police to his place of residence, where his house was also searched.
The police recovered two ink pads from the house. Once again Elton failed to give a satisfactory answer when asked to account for the instruments. He also failed to produce a license authorizing him to be in possession of such instruments.
Elton pleaded guilty to the charges that were laid against him. In mitigation, he asked Magistrate Madandume to be merciful on him as he is a first offender. He explained that he is a breadwinner in his family, with two children who look up to him for support and maintenance.
Elton also asked the magistrate to be lenient and consider the fact that he never wasted the court’s time as he pleaded guilty to the charges that were laid against him.