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Zimbabwean national found guilty over stolen medical supplies

Francistown Magistrate, Dumisani Bagopi, on Monday convicted a 38-year-old Zimbabwean woman for possession of suspected stolen property in the form of medication.

According to the charge sheet, the accused, Netshai Chinyembere, was arrested on or about the 10th of January 2014 by the police after a tip off from the public that she was in possession of stolen property.

After receiving the information the police carried out their investigation and traced Chinyembere, who was arrested in Somerset West location in Francistown.

The accused failed to produce receipts for the medication in her possession and also failed to give a satisfactory explanation as to how she came to possess it. The value of the medication has not yet been established.

The accused has pleaded guilty to the offence.

Questioned by the magistrate in court on Monday as to how she came to be in possession of the property, the accused only said that she merely bought the medication from a stranger for her personal medical use.

“I merely bought this medication from a stranger because it was cheap. I however accept that I did not use the right channel when buying the medication. I plead with the court to forgive me and I swear before the court that I will not repeat the offence again,” she told court.

Magistrate Bagopi however chipped in to tell her that she should have known that the channel she was using to buy the medication was unlawful. He said that there are proper channels of getting medication such as in hospitals, clinics or buying from the pharmacies.

“It still boggles my mind as to how you chose to buy the medication from an individual despite the fact that you knew the proper channels of acquiring such medication. You can access the medication from hospitals, pharmacies and even clinics. The accused answers are consistent with her plea of guilt therefore I convict her as charged,” the Magistrate said.

The medication which comprised pills, syringes and capsules was used as exhibit in court.

Mitigation and sentence has been slated for the 31st of January this year and the accused has been remanded in custody.

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