Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Well known thief appears in court again

A 24-year-old man from Moshupa and his brother were this Friday arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with common nuisance.

Kabelo Matsidiso, a head boy from Mmaseetsele Ward, was sentenced to one year in jail, wholly suspended for three years, plus four strokes for insulting his mother’s landlord. His brother, Robert Matsidiso, 29, a security guard, pleaded not guilty to the charges and Kgosi Monametsi ordered the Urban Police Officers to lock him up so that more witnesses could be called.

According to Constable Bathobakae of Urban Police Station, on November 15, 2006, the bothers insulted their mother’s landlords at Ext 14 and were arrested after their elder brother, Tselatlhala Kelefeng, reported them to the police.

Before passing the sentence, Kgosi Monametsi told the court that the two are famous customers at the Urban Customary Court.

Reading out Matsidiso’s long list of previous convictions, Constable Bathobakae told the court that on January 21, 2000, at Urban Customary Court, the accused was arrested for theft and was sentenced to four strokes.

Again on the May 29, 2000, at Broadhurst Customary Court, he was arrested for theft after breaking into a car and was sentenced to two strokes.

On February 9, 2001 at Urban Customary Court, Matsidiso was arrested after being found in possession of suspected stolen goods. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, wholly suspended for three years, plus four strokes.

Again on November 14, 2001 at Urban, he was arrested for theft and was sentenced to four strokes. On November 21, 2001 at Urban again, he was arrested for stealing from a person and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, wholly suspended for three years, plus four strokes.

On May 15, 2002, Matsidiso was arrested for breaking into a motor vehicle and was sentenced to eight strokes but six months later, on November 2, 2002, he was arrested for house breaking and was sentenced to five strokes plus a fine of P700, or seven months in jail.

Matsidiso was not finished yet as, on August 14, 2002, he was arrested for unlawful wounding and sentenced to 18 months in jail, wholly suspended for three years, plus four strokes. Barely two months later, on October 29, 2002, Matsidiso was arrested for idling and was sentenced to three strokes.

He was arrested for idling again on January 20, 2006 and was sentenced to four strokes and on March 26, 2003 at Urban Police, he was arrested for theft and sentenced to six months in jail, wholly suspended for three years, plus four strokes.

On the same day from Urban Customary Court he went to Pep Store and stole some goods and he was sentenced to 18 months in jail plus four strokes. In addition, he was told to compensate the shop with P925, or six months in jail.
The trial continues next week.

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