Sunday, September 20, 2020

Scrap metal criminals lashed

Gaborone West customary court on Friday found two young Batswana men guilty of stealing scrap metals and motor vehicle parts worthy P 600.

Matshwenyego Basimanentwa, 21, from Mantaga Ward in Lekgoloboto but residing at Naledi location, and Tebogo Tshekoetsile, 25, from Gookgama Ward in Kanye, were caught as they tried to get away with the property belonging to one Setlhoka Mmoloki.
The duo pleaded guilty to the charge of theft and said they wanted to sell the loot to scrap dealers around the city to make ends meet.

Gaborone West court president, Graham Hambira, said the two wanted to permanently deprive the owner of his property.

It was by a chance that they got caught in the act, he said.

Taking into consideration the two were gainfully employed and are breadwinners for dependents, Hambira sentenced each of the two to 4 strokes on the bum.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Tshepho Letsididi of Manyana was recently warned of strokes in future should he continue assaulting other persons.

Giving a word of caution, Gaborone West deputy court president, Daniel Setshwane, said, “I beat way-ward youngman. Should you ever set your foot here again, I promise you some strokes. Do not ever come here again.”

Constable Patricia Thomas of Gaborone West police station said on January 9, 2007 at a Gaborone West Shell filling station, Letsididi fought his sister’s former boyfriend with fists and, during the brawl, damaged a shirt worth P350.

He was ordered by court to compensate the shirt and to pay P350 within 2 months.
Should he fail to do so, Letsididi is to go to prison for a period of 4 months.

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