Two men who are residents of Gaborone this Friday left the Urban Customary Court in tears after they were found guilty and sentenced to five strokes each on the bum by the Urban Deputy Customary Court President, Kgosimotse Sebele.
They were charged with obtaining by false pretences under section 308 of the penal code.
Pako Okatswa , from Modimele ward in Moshupa and Thuso Leatile Mogami , from Moatshe ward in Lerala, both unemployed,pleaded guilty to the charges.
Constable Phirinyana of Central Police told the court that on the 06/06/2006 at the Princes Marina Hospital, the two accused took P230 and a Nokia 2600 cell phone from Kabo Ranthoyakgale  from Goo Lebekwe ward in Kanye who is a student at Cimas College. They told him that they would keep his money and his cell phone.
Phirinyana said the first accused, Thuso, took out P85 from his pocket and gave the money to his partner in crime, Pako, claiming that he wanted him to keep the money for him.
After Pako received the money and the cell phone from the accused he bolted out and they were arrested after a long chase by the Central Police Patrolling Team which was patrolling around the Princes Marina Hospital area.
The two were found with the stolen money together with the phone they stole from the complainant.
Phirinyana told the court that because Kabo was cheated by the two accused and that he did not have money to go back to his home village in Kanye, the police gave him P10 for transport because they wanted to use his money and cell phone as evidence in court.
Phirinyana produced the stolen money before the court together with the cell phone and the court later gave the goods to the owner.
Before passing the sentence Sebele told the court that Kabo must stop being promised a job by people who are not even working and advised him to continue with his studies and stop being cheated by his age mate.
Sebele told the court that the two are not working and advised them to look for jobs and stop conning people. He told the court that because the two are first offenders, he sentenced them to five strokes each and Pako thanked the court for sentencing him to five stokes saying the judgment is fair to him.