Two men were this Friday brought before the Urban Customary Court charged with possession of suspected stolen property.
Onosi Phadisa, 52, and Tshotlego Mosalagae, 47, both from Sengakane Ward in Chadibe, were arrested on October 4, 2006, by Mmankgodi Local Police with the help of a Botswana Power Cooperation officer, at News Stance in Gaborone.
Constable Bakae of Urban Police Station told the court that the two colluded and stole copper wires. When they were arrested, they failed to give police answers as to where they were taking the copper wires.
He told the court that even though the two accused were first offenders what they did was unacceptable because Gaborone City Council and Botswana Power Cooperation were trying to bring services to people. He urged the court to take serious action against them.
Monametsi told the court that the previous week, three men were arraigned before his court charged with theft of copper cables belonging to Gaborone City Council and to Botswana Power Cooperation. He said the copper cables thefts in his area were increasing instead of decreasing.
He sentenced them to six months in jail, wholly suspended for two years, plus P100 court fine to be paid before November 30, 2006. He ordered the police to take the stolen copper cables to BPC and Gaborone City Council.