28-year-old Zimbabwean man, who stole a dress worth P99 from the Long Teng Shop at the Main Mall on September 6, 2006, surprised the Urban Customary Court Deputy President, Kgosi Kgosimotse Sebele, when he told the court to forgive him because he stole a dress for his wife after getting drunk on a lot of Autumn harvest wine.
Bryne Murwira, of Shivha Road in Harare, Zimbabwe and who is unemployed, was this Friday brought before the Urban Customary Court charged with theft common and pleaded guilty to the charges.
According to the State Prosecutor from Central Police Station, Constable Gaelebale, the accused was seen by shop assistant Hong You You while shoving the stolen goods inside his underwear.
He told the court that when the accused tried to leave the shop without paying for the stolen booty, he was stopped and overpowered by the shop assistants.
The stolen dress was produced as evidence in court and Kgosi Kgosimotse Sebele gave the dress back to the shop.
In mitigation, Murwira told the court to forgive him because he was very drunk when he went to steal the dress. He said that it was his first time to drink beer and had had a lot of Autumn Harvest wine. He told the court that he is taking care of his kid and wife, for whom he had stolen the dress.
Kgosi Sebele told the court that he is not happy with the increase in the number of cases of theft in his court. He sentenced him to five strokes on bum and promised a stiffer punishment next time.